Heritage


Restoring, conserving and celebrating our amazing heritage

At Wellington College we have a truly remarkable heritage that we are extremely proud of.

HERITAGE PROJECTS

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Heritage has been an area that has been given more resource to ensure that we are celebrating and preserving the amazing collection of artefacts, paintings and archives that we have. Last year we recruited a professional archivist who has undertaken a full audit of our artefacts, archives and paintings and we are now able to make some informed choices about how we make the most of what we have and how best to use the collection to engage all members of the College Community with our unique history and heritage.

Our heritage work is greatly enhanced by the Heritage Steering Group and we have established a ‘Friends of Wellington Heritage’ group to encourage small regular gifts and promote our heritage by hosting an annual Heritage Day at the College.

Recent Heritage Projects

Chapel windows

Funded by the College
Funded by philanthropy £110,000
Project cost £110,000

Waterloo Hall Renovation

Funded by the College £135,000
Funded by philanthropy
Project cost £135,000

Chapel Roll of Honours

Funded by the College £18,000
Funded by philanthropy
Project cost £18,000

Royal Foundation Room

Funded by the College £50,000
Funded by philanthropy
Project cost £50,000

Path of Duty Storyboards

Funded by the College £18,000
Funded by philanthropy
Project cost £18,000

Royal Foundation Exhibition

Funded by the College £25,000
Funded by philanthropy
Project cost £25,000

Latest News

Claud Raymond

OW Claud Raymond Victoria Cross Anniversary

21 March 2019

21st March marks the anniversary of the action in 1945 for which Old Wellingtonian Claud Raymond was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. Claud was at Wellington from 1937 to 1942, and was in the Hill dormitory. He became a School Prefect. His entry in the College’s Roll of Honour records that he loved both rugby […]

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OW John Fitzhardinge Paul Butler Victoria Cross Anniversary

27 December 2018

27th December marks the anniversary of the second action in 1914 for which Old Wellingtonian John Fitzhardinge Paul Butler was awarded the Victoria Cross. John was in the Stanley, 1902-1906, and then went straight to Sandhurst to train as an Army officer. He joined the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in 1907. In 1913 he was […]

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OW John Franks Vallentin Victoria Cross Anniversary

07 November 2018

Today, 7th November, marks the anniversary of the action in 1914 for which Old Wellingtonian John Franks Vallentin was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. John came to Wellington in 1895 and left in 1898. He was in Mr Purnell’s House, now known as the Picton. He was commissioned into the Army in 1899, served in […]

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Upcoming Events

29 April 2019

Imphal-Kohima 75th Anniversary Talk and Supper

6:30pm - 9:30pm, Monro Pavilion

A special opportunity to hear Tim Bean, Lecturer in War Studies at RMA Sandhurst, speak about the significance of the Burma campaign in World War 2 and the decisive battles of Imphal and Kohima. Tim will be particularly highlighting the contribution of the many Old Wellingtonians who directed and fought in this crucial theatre of war.

The talk will be preceded by a drinks reception and followed by a Gurkha curry supper, with all proceeds after costs being donated to the Gurkha Museum, Winchester.

Cost: £25 per head

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30 April 2019

London Walking Tour – Suffragette Walk

10:20am, Westminster, London

Who Should Have the Vote?

Would you have been a Suffragette or a Suffragist or neither? Over one hundred years ago the issue of the right to vote divided families across the country. From 1906 to 1918 Westminster was a focal point for the Suffrage movement. Find out more about the events and characters involved that led to the Representation of People Act 1918 on a City of Westminster walk.

Meeting point – St James’s Park underground station at the Palmer Street exit for a 10.30am start.

The walk will take 2 hours maximum and is access friendly. It will go ahead whatever the weather. Price £14 per person.

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01 May 2019

Garden Society Trip: Millais Nurseries – Rhododendrons Visit

10:30am, Millais Nurseries, Farnham

A must-visit venue tucked away down some lovely Surrey lanes is Millais Nurseries. The Millais family has been established at Crosswater Farm since 1947, but their Rhododendron heritage goes back to the naturalist, botanist and author J G Millais, who identified and described many Rhododendrons for the first time and published his great two volume series ‘Rhododendrons’ (1917 and 1924). Ted and Romy Millais started the nursery in 1970 and today is run by David Millais.

Join David for a wonderful tour of the nurseries and gardens to see the widest range of Rhododendrons and Azaleas in the world, including rare species from the Himalayas and new hybrids from around the world. This is a beautiful time to visit the Nurseries as there will be a variety of flowers in full bloom.

Tickets cost £4 per person and tea, coffee and biscuits are included.

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