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Winch­ester Col­lege has just con­verted its 1390s War­den’s Sta­bles into a new mu­seum called The Trea­sury. The per­ma­nent dis­play in the build­ing in­cludes pieces from the im­por­tant col­lec­tion of sil­ver at the col­lege, such as the late-15th­cen­tury Elec­tion Cup (above), as well as high­lights from its col­lec­tion of about 400 wa­ter­colours, in­clud- ing works by Gains­bor­ough, Turner and Joseph Wright of Derby. Also pre­sented in the new dis­play are ob­jects from the col­lege mu­seum.

In 1897, a mas­ter, the Rev Arthur Bather, trav­elled to Athens specif­i­cally to ac­quire Clas­si­cal works of art for the school and sub­se­quent be­quests have greatly en­larged the col­lec­tion. The Trea­sury will ad­di­tion­ally dis­play a wide va­ri­ety of arte­facts, in­clud­ing fig­urines from pre-columbian Amer­ica, me­dieval and Pre-raphaelite stained glass and the Du­berly Col­lec­tion of Chi­nese ce­ram­ics.

The mu­seum is open to the pub­lic by pre-booked ticket four af­ter­noons a week. For fur­ther de­tails, visit https:// trea­sury.winch­ester­col­lege.org or tele­phone 01962 621210.

Left: The Elec­tion Cup is con­sid­ered one of the finest ex­am­ples of English­gothic plate. Above: Turner’s Neuwied and Weis­senthurm

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