Perhaps we enjoy a ghostly tale as an antidote to the otherwise saccharine fare of the season. Or perhaps, in the gloom of winter, drawing around the light together makes us all the more aware of the darkness at our backs. For whatever reason, ghost stories have been a feature of the Christmas celebration since... Continue Reading →
Warm wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone in the Eton College Collections. A Turkey and a DoveFrom Florence Hopper’s Scrapbook, 1886 This is one of 97 pages in a scrapbook compiled by 12-year-old Florence Hopper in 1886. One of the pastimes of Victorian children was pasting purpose-made coloured pictures,... Continue Reading →
The Eton Choirbook, a rare and lovely survival of early Tudor choral music, does not, sadly, contain any Christmas carols. Carols were around in the years 1500 to 1504, when the choirbook was being made. They have their roots in the early middle ages, when Christmas music was either liturgical (the sequences of hymns assigned... Continue Reading →
For our last blog of 2018 we have brought together a series of late 19th and early 20th century images of winter at Eton from the Photographic Archive. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
Welcome to our final blog of the Michaelmas half! We've chosen twelve of our favourite seasonal objects from the Collections, for your festive enjoyment. Merry Christmas!