Museum of Antiquities
The core of Eton’s Museum of Antiquities comprises a generous bequest from old boy Major William Joseph Myers who left his remarkable collection of Egyptian artefacts to the Head Master of Eton College at the end of the 19th century. It has, however, been much augmented over the years – including gifts from the Duke of Newcastle and Lord Carnarvon, objects from the excavations of eminent archaeologist Sir Leonard Woolley at Al-Mina, two Gandharan statues from the widow of Lord Roberts of Kandahar, and a holiday souvenir brought back from Florence by a King’s Scholar in 1917.
The objects cover a vast geographical and chronological frame: from Australia to Afghanistan and from Peru to Babylon. Tools and weapons were dredged from the Thames and the Tiber; potsherds come from Knossos on Crete and the foundations of an Eton boarding house. And that is to say nothing of the breathtaking collection of paleolithic flint hand-axes which date from well before the emergence of homo sapiens.
This college’s antiquities have gained an international reputation, and items have been exhibited in France, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain and the USA. A part of the Egyptological Collection is currently on loan to the University of Birmingham and Johns Hopkins University where it is the focus of significant academic research. In due course these artefacts will join the rest of the collection at Eton, where it is now displayed in the purpose-built Jafar Gallery.
Access and Enquiries
Opening hours: Sunday afternoons 2.30 - 5pm
The Jafar Gallery is in South Meadow Lane, Eton, SL4 6EW.
Please contact the Collections Administrator to arrange an appointment to visit the gallery outside opening hours or to enquire about this collection.
The museum’s collections may also be explored in our online catalogue.
Please check the access page for further details on opening times. The museums may close due to holidays or exceptional circumstances.