Eastbourne College history

The Eastbourne College archives contain a wealth of information about the school's history, covering staff and former pupils, buildings and developments, including photographs, newspaper cuttings, biographies and obituaries.

The archives team regularly contribute to Eastbournian Society events, putting on displays of photographs and memorabilia, as well as contributing historical features to the Old Eastbournian magazine.

If you wish to contact the archives, either with an enquiry about an Old Eastbournian, former member of staff or any other aspect of College history, please send an email to archives@eastbourne-college.co.uk or call on 01323 451901.

We aim on these web pages to provide items of interest concerning the history of the College, its pupils, staff and other personalities. At present the pages are in the early stages of development and we will be adding more items over the coming months. Please click on the links below for the current items we have available.

College Timeline

A timeline showing the development of the College is on the Eastbourne College website.

Eastbourne College: 150 Years exhibition

On Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2016, the College took part in the national Heritage Open Days festival with an exhibition in the Birley Centre which showed 150 years of life at the College. Researched and compiled by the College archive team, it was organised around a number of themes, including the foundation of the College, buildings, sport, arts, science, CCF, the school in wartime, distinguished guests and the lighter side, and featured a number of College personalities, both staff and former pupils. It was much appreciated by the College community and members of the public who visited. An updated version will be available as a PDF file to download shortly.

The First World War

The Roll of Honour and Roll of War Service 1914–18
Originally published in 1921, the Roll of Honour has been completely revised and updated and now provides full acknowledgement of the sacrifice of the 174 pupils who gave their lives and of the 1,024 pupils and staff who served in the First World War. It is available as a PDF file to download.

First World War Memorial
A report on the ten new memorial stones that were added to the College's war memorial and unveiled on Remembrance Day 2014. It includes brief biographies of the ten OEs whose names had not been previously listed in the memorial panels.

Fighter aces of the First World War
An article originally published in the Old Eastbournian magazine 2013, Fighter Aces of the First World War profiles seven OEs who qualified as 'aces'. This is a PDF file.

The Battle of the Somme
Biographies of six Old Eastbournians who were killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916.

First World War military service
Features published in the Old Eastbournian magazine on OEs who served in the First World War. These are all PDF files.

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