St. Swithuns School, Alresford Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HA
An opportunity to tour St Swithun’s School, learn about its exceptional women from the last 135 years and view exhibits from the school’s celebration her story: 100 years since the emancipation of women. PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL
In 1883 Anna Bramston, daughter of the then Dean of Winchester, launched an initiative to establish a school providing a “sound and thorough” education for local girls. On 5 May 1884, following a fundraising campaign supported by the cathedral, Winchester college, local professionals and trades, Winchester High School opened its doors to 17 pupils.
Through a number of evolutions and having played its role in the Second World War, St Swithun’s School today is a flourishing independent school educating girls aged from 3-18. Set in 45 acres of grounds on Magdalen Hill to the east of the city centre, it offers excellent and forward-thinking teaching practice, sporting and recreational facilities and is supported by a thriving community the friends of St Swithun’s.
Heritage Open Day is a unique opportunity to explore the history of the school and to learn about its own exceptional women. St Swithun’s is offering a guided tour of its historic and modern facilities and grounds, as well as the chance to view some of the activities and materials from a year-long project, commemorating female emancipation.
● Saturday 15 September: Tours 1300, 1400 and 1500
Visitors must pre-book, and will be required to include the names and ages of all visitors in the party and an e-mail address for confirmation and any last minute changes. Parking is available on site only if pre-booked, in which case, visitors should supply the make, colour and registration number of the vehicle.
The tour takes approximately one hour and includes a number of staircases.
St Swithun’s School is situated on the B3404 Alresford Road, approximately one mile east of Winchester city centre. Parking is available for pre-booked tour visitors only, who have provided make, colour and registration number of their vehicle.