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2014/15 Academic Year Report

In 2014/15 Eton has further expanded the outreach and engagement programme undertaken in respect of its Collections. During the year, up to 1,000 children and young people engaged with the Collections on and off-site, and over 3,000 visitors came to the Natural History Museum.

The dedicated Exhibitions & Outreach Co-ordinator ensures many more young people are coming to experience Eton. Particular highlights for Collections engagement over the last year include:

  • the development of the after school extra-curricular programme for primary age children, with weekly sessions delivered by the Collections team and Eton boys from across the school;

  • an object learning challenge day for Gifted and Talented children drawn from nine schools across the region;

  • family learning events exploring seals and the Great War;

  • three exhibitions were held in the Verey Gallery. These were included in the engagement programme and open to the public by appointment;

  • the learning events organised around the exhibitions programme have continued to draw audiences from secondary schools and colleges in the area, including those in the ISSP, the London Academy of Excellence and East Berkshire College;

  • General and special interest adult groups have also been welcomed by the Collections, for talks and tours exploring a variety of themes, from the wall paintings to the Battle of Waterloo.

  • In addition, the rare book and manuscript library held two further exhibitions, one supported by a scholarly lecture drawing an academic audience. The Collections also hosted more than 150 visiting researchers and answered hundreds of further research enquiries by post, telephone and email. 

The Eton Museum of Antiquities, Jafar Gallery, opened this year and will shortly be open to the public every Sunday afternoon, along with the Natural History Museum. 

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