50 Treasures from Winchester College

Richard Foster

    ISBN: 978 1 78551 220 9

    Size: 270 x 230 mm

    Binding: Paperback

    Pages: 136

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    Date published: February, 2019

    Date published: June, 2019

    UK £20 /US $27.95


  • Highlights from the diverse collections of Winchester College, which provide fascinating insights into the school’s long history
  • Each entry has been written by a member of the school community, allowing each artefact to be viewed from a unique personal angle
  • New photography allows detailed appreciation of each object


Founded in 1382, Winchester College is one of England’s oldest schools. Over the past six centuries it has accumulated remarkable collections of documents, books and works of art. This publication includes entries on 50 objects from across these collections, each written by a member of the school community. It features documents and artefacts from the early history of the College and outstanding items from its important collections of Greek antiquities, Chinese ceramics, English silver and rare books. Among the more unusual and unexpected objects are a model ship made by 18th-century prisoners, a scrapbook from the Crimean War and perhaps the world’s longest-running scientific experiment.

Author information

Richard Foster is Fellows’ Librarian and Keeper of Collections at Winchester College, where he teaches History and History of Art.