The Treasury hosted its annual family, fun day on 19 February, welcoming 247 children and their families. It was a pleasure to see lots of local people from across Winchester and the surrounding villages, many of whom had not visited the school previously.
There was a range of crafts on offer, all with an animal theme: making pom-pom caterpillars and pipe-cleaner spiders, which could jump; paper cat and dog masks; and inventing mythical creatures by combining parts of different animals in a jointed cardboard model. There were also animal-themed word puzzles, colouring and drawing.
The new Children's Treasury Trail was available, encouraging children to explore the museum in search of any horses hiding among the treasures, perhaps left behind from the time when the building was the Warden's stable block. This trail is now available to children visiting the Treasury at any time throughout the year.
Building on the success of the fun days, the school is extending its offer for families in the museum by running a new activity morning during the summer holidays. This means there will be free, dedicated children's activity events three times a year: Kids in Museums in the autumn, the family fun day in the early spring and an acitivity day each August.
Given the tremendous popularity of these free, drop-in events, we plan to extend the activities into the Eccles Room in the future to help accommodate larger numbers. Details of all future events will be posted on our website and shared via social media.
20th October 2020
In the final instalment of our focus on Wordsworth, in this 250th anniversary year of his birth, we reveal a previously undiscovered treasure within the school's collection.
29th September 2020
To mark the 250th anniversary of the poet's birth, Fellows' Librarian Richard Foster explains the importance of one of the school's latest acquisitions.
7th September 2020
Celebrating our history, buildings, people and collections, the school announces two new films and a podcast as part of this year's Heritage Open Days.
8th July 2020
In times when museums and libraries are shut, digital resources have become more important than ever in the experience of art and culture. In anticipation of the Treasury museum’s next temporary display, the College has created a new online exhibition.
21st May 2020
Looking ahead to the next Treasury exhibition, Dr Griffin considers the work of Sir Thomas Browne (OW), a physician renowned for his close observation of nature.
13th January 2020
The latest exhibition in Treasury looks at Winchester's significant contribution to British Art, particularly that of artists and scholars Rendall, Gleadowe and Clark.
“Thank you so much for doing this for the community.”