As part of Heritage Open Days and the Autumn Windsor Festival and Fringe, we are offering a trail which you can enjoy completely digitally from the comfort of your own home, or in person, where you can physically view all sites mentioned from public rights-of-way. It will be available to view from 11 September 2020. Follow this link.

Eton College was founded by Henry VI in 1440 and has grown to become the size of a small town, with over 1000 staff and 500 buildings spread over one square kilometre. As a result, there are an infinite number of stories hidden in the stones of the buildings which make up the college, many of which are waiting to be explored. This trail will not be an exhaustive summary of all the notable buildings in Eton, but rather a walk which includes a range of architectural structures which vary age, style and material. We hope it will enable you to find out more about some of the most well-known buildings but also prompt you to explore some of the less familiar corners.

Ancient Beings was installed in the Tower Gallery at Eton College from November 2019 to April 2020. Despite its popularity, the exhibition closed significantly earlier than planned due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We felt it important to turn this event into an opportunity, and have recreated Ancient Beings as an online exhibition. This online exhibition captures the objects, interpretation and even the events which ran alongside the installation in the Tower Gallery – a very enjoyable part of the life-span of the exhibition.

This exhibition highlights 32 objects from the internationally renowned collection of antiquities at Eton College. Arranged into four themes: Gods, Plants, Humans and Animals, Ancient Beings explores the contemporary context and iconography of a variety of artefacts and offers a wealth of insight into ancient Egyptian culture.

Our understanding of these objects has been enhanced through collaboration with the Barber Institute of Arts, University of Birmingham and the Archaeological Museum at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, where, until recently, these items were on long-term loan from Eton College.

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