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Museum & Heritage

Christ’s Hospital (CH) has care of some varied Collections of items which reflect and display its heritage.  Many historic features from its days in London and Hertford are incorporated within the buildings, including statues, archways, stained glass windows and historic fixtures and fittings.  A notable collection of over 100 oil paintings, from the 16th to the 21st Century, are on display in the main buildings, and a substantial collection of paintings and drawings hangs in the museum. The watercolour on the right by Samuel Hodson, painted in 1900 and on display in the museum, shows Christ’s Church passage with large group of CH boys going into Christ Church carrying prayer books.

The museum has a permanent exhibition of life at Christ’s Hospital over five centuries and is staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers and museum assistants.  It is available for educational purposes to pupils, staff and members of the CH community.  Visits for research purposes can be made by appointment and the volunteers are pleased to assist with historic enquiries about the school and its pupils, about which further details are given in the research enquiries link.

The museum volunteers have so far published seven booklets in the Heritage Series of publications which are available for purchase.  Each booklet is in full colour, is fully illustrated and is meticulously researched, and details of these booklets can be found in the Heritage Publications link.  This link also has details of other books about CH Heritage which are still in print.

The museum is always pleased to receive donations of items which relate to CH heritage.  Donations are generally accepted on the basis that, if they are duplicates which are surplus to the requirements of the permanent collections, they may be sold in order to raise funds for the museum.  The museum team maintains stocks of surplus items of many books, booklets, engravings, postcards and copies of printed ephemera and are delighted to assist collectors of such CH memorabilia to improve and develop their collections.

For all other enquiries please email acw@christs-hospital.org.uk, or call Andrea Wellstead on 01403 247404.  The museum can usually be contacted directly on Tuesdays throughout the year, and on Thursdays during Term time, between the hours of 10am and 4pm, on 01403 247444.

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