Case study

Eton’s Egyptian treasures: international audience benefits from deal to share antiquities

Posted by : Paul Jones

Through twists and turns, with patience and thoroughness, Farrer ensured that our objectives were met.


Farrer & Co advised Eton College on a three-way collaboration, involving the University of Birmingham in the UK and the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, to enable the sharing and exhibition of a huge number of Egyptian and other antiquities owned by the College.

Under a 15-year deal, Birmingham and Johns Hopkins will be able to exhibit many of the treasures from Eton’s Myers Collection and use them for teaching and research. In return, the universities will catalogue and digitise the collection for free internet access, as well as undertake vital preservation work.

The College will retain a number of items for its own teaching purposes throughout the 15 years and plans to establish its own permanent exhibition of the collection at Eton when it returns to the College.

“We have a longstanding relationship with Farrers and this paid dividends not only in their understanding of a deal with as complex a structure as this, but also during the negotiation,” explains Andrew Wynn, Bursar of Eton College. “Through twists and turns, with patience and thoroughness, Farrers ensured that our objectives were met, keeping control of the project in both a legal and commercial sense.” 

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