A History of Abingdon School in 63 Objects

Taking its inspiration from Neil MacGregor’s History of the World in 100 Objects, Abingdon launched a website history on 31 January 2013 to mark the 450th anniversary of the day John Roysse endowed his old school with money and property in the City of London. January 31st was Roysse’s 63rd birthday, and the endowment – which established the modern school – was for 63 boys in a schoolroom that was 63ft long. 

The objects from the School’s past range from the indenture signed by Roysse in 1563, a maths exercise book from 1776, cine footage of the boys at the School fifty years ago to a recording of a group of Abingdon masters – the Mastersingers – who made number 22 in the hit parade with their Anglican chant version of the Highway Code. New objects will be uploaded twice a week during term time with the last item being revealed in time for the Christmas holidays.

Object 63: The Abingdonian 1890 to 2012

Object number 63 is The Abingdonian. The first edition was published on 12 December 1890 and exactly 123 years and one day later, on 13 December 2013, the complete, fully searchable run of the whole magazine was published online. More...