Eton College Collections

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The Eton College Collections are a collection of items of significant cultural or scientific value kept by Eton College in England.[1] They include College Library, College Archives, Eton College Natural History Museum, Casa Guidi, Eton College Antiquities Collection and the Museum of Eton Life. The Collection also has hundreds of photographs, paintings, drawings and prints. Many items in the Collection are lent to exhibitions around the world.

College Library

College Library is located at the heart of Eton College and is separate from School Library. College Library is open to members of the Eton Community and outside researchers (the latter by appointment only). It houses rare books and manuscripts of immense cultural value, including a Gutenberg Bible and pages from the manuscript of Darwin's Origin of Species. Facilities include: a readers' room for researchers, on-site and remote reference services, teaching support for the College, specialist group & school visits, regularly changing exhibitions and imaging services. Opening hours (by appointment only) are: Monday-Friday 9.30am-1pm and 2-5pm.

College Archives

The College Archives contain many of Eton College's important documents made about the it since the it was founded. They also include a list of the boys who have attended Eton (although until the late nineteenth century, only the King's Scholars are listed).

Eton College Natural History Museum

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Part of the Darwin Section of the Eton College Natural History Museum.
The first floor of the Eton College Natural History Museum.

The Eton College Natural History Museum is run by Eton College. The museum is open free of charge during the opening hours listed below. The museum contains thousands of stuffed animals, plants, fossils and insects. It is located at the archway into the Queens Quad, beside Lower Chapel. There is a sign outside when the museum is open.

Opening hours
  • Sunday 2:30pm – 5:00pm

Open only during term-time and when students are in residence.

Museum of Eton Life

The Museum of Eton Life features artifacts and memorabilia about the history and traditions of Eton College and its students since the school's founding in 1440.[1][2][3] Displays include famous Etonians, studies, games including the Eton Wall Game, punishment, uniforms and other customs. It was founded by a former housemaster, Peter Lawrence.

Opening hours

The museum is open from April through October.

During Eton school term:

  • Wednesday 2:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Friday 2:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Saturday 2:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Sunday 2:00pm – 4:30pm

During Eton school holidays:

  • Daily 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Casa Guidi

Casa Guidi is a small house in Florence which was owned and inhabited by Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.[citation needed]


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External links

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