Curiosities

Explore the Homerton College cabinet of curiosities.

Foundation Stone

Hidden Homerton history

On the external wall of the Cavendish Rooms, the Foundation Stone of Cavendish College can be seen.

A Florentine Procession

Worldly fripperies and vanities

Hanging on the east wall of the Great Hall, ‘A Florentine Procession’ is a memorable feature for all who spend time at Homerton.

Joseph Chapman’s mementos from an expedition to Norway in 1896 now reside in the Homerton College Archive.

The Skillicorn Gates

A remarkable gift

Standing proudly opposite the Principal’s office, the Skillicorn gates are a testament to one Principal’s impact on her students.

Margaret Johnson’s Weaving

A long lasting memento

70 years after former student Margaret Todd designed and wove a woollen fabric at Homerton College, the College Archive has been very grateful to receive the jacket made from the fabric.

The Tale of a Fluffy Tail

Peter Rabbit Early Edition

James Brigden, Cataloguer at the Homerton College Library, explores two intriguing items in the Children’s Rare Book Collection.

Organum: ‘Lullula arborea 14.5.61’

A long tradition of composition

One of the most intriguing manuscripts in the Homerton College Archive is this piece for piano solo, written by David Hindley (Head of Music 1962-1985).

Coqué Martínez Collection

Memorial to the Basque children of 1937

Some of the most memorable paintings in the College art collection were a gift from artist Coqué Martínez.

First World War Memorial Plaque

Remembrance and reflection

A memorial for Armistice Day, 11 November 1918

Homerton’s Stone Carvings

Created by David Kindersley

Homerton College’s personalised stone carvings were created by David Kindersley in 1957.

The Homerton Bureaux

Well-loved furniture

Bureaux were a standard feature of Homerton College rooms for generations of students

Two for Tea Settee

Entertaining hapless men

Now inconspicuous in the Macaulay room the long settee, once partly hidden by a screen where hapless men were entertained to tea.

The Buck Stops Here

Unassuming yet unusual

Standing in the Combination room, a gymnastics buck has seen a huge amount of College history.

The Unnamed Sculpture

By Geoffrey Clarke

Geoffrey Clarke’s memorable work is the largest permanent sculpture in the College art collection.

Damp Forest Walk

A painting by Ivon Hitchens

Hanging in the Macaulay Room, a vivid painting by a highly regarded English painter of the twentieth century.

The Homerton Bell

Or, a bell called ‘Big’

Rung to begin formal dinners and events, the bell has always been a symbol of college life.

The Pilkington Doors

Earliest examples of this engraved, armoured, glass!

The engraved glass doors leading to the Fellows’ Dining Room hide a rather eventful history…