Rachel Wragg opened the doors to Winchester College’s Treasury in the medieval Warden’s Stables in October last year, where four galleries are filled with artefacts from around the world.
“Many of the items we have here were gifts from generous benefactors.” Rachel says. “Other treasures were bought to bring lessons to life.”
A glittering jewel box of medieval silver includes the 15th-century Election Cup, which is still used as part of the ceremony of admitting scholars to the school. Stunning Victorian stained-glass panels were uncovered in a dusty attic, while the Duberly collection of Chinese ceramics was given to the school in memory of a boy who lost his life in World War Two.
Collections of ancient artefacts from Egypt, Greece and Rome which in the past had been tucked away are now displayed in all their glory. Parthenon frieze casts, once adorned with ‘creative additions’ from the boys, are restored to perfection.
“Every piece in the museum has a story behind it,” Rachel says. “The museum is an exciting opportunity to share the school’s unique collections with a much wider audience, inspiring and engaging with other schools and public visitors too.”
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