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.

The Eastbournian magazine online

Archive issues of The Eastbournian magazine are now available online. You can browse through editions or search for specific text to find an individual article. Currently available are the first edition from 1870, plus those published from 1960 to 1991. We will be gradually adding more issues over the coming months. For details of how to access the digital archive please see our Digital Eastbournian page.

Recent exhibitions

The archives have produced a number of exhibitions on College history, its buildings and its personalities, both staff and pupils. These displays are gradually being added to this website as PDF files.

The First World War

Information about Old Eastbournians who fought in the First World War is also available. This includes the Roll of Honour, biographies of OEs and other feature articles that have been published in the Old Eastbournian magazine.

The Second World War

The Second World War Roll of Honour has recently been revised and updated by Michael Partridge (Blackwater 1946-51). This document is a work in progress and comments, additions and corrections are welcome. We are also interested in photographs of those mentioned. Please contact Michael at mp@eastbourne-college.co.uk. To open and download the Roll of Honour, please click on this link

College Timeline

A timeline showing the development of the College is on the Eastbourne College website, showing significant milestones in the history of the school.

A History of College Music

A History of Music at Eastbourne College from its foundation in 1867 to the opening of the Birley Centre and beyond is available to download as a PDF document. This is a work in progress and you are invited to suggest amendments or additions by contacting John Thornley at jt@eastbourne-college.co.uk.

From Our Own Correspondent

In autumn 2020 we asked Eastbournian Society members around the world to send us their thoughts on the pandemic and the unusual times in which we found ourselves. Edited highlights were published in the Old Eastbournian magazine, and the full original versions are available here.

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