The Windsor and Eton Society grew out of the widespread national determination following the Second World War to build a better society in Britain. Leading citizens of Windsor and Eton were similarly determined that these two closely involved towns should take on a new and better life.
From the first, Sir Owen Morshead, Librarian of Windsor Castle, Mr R Weatherall, an Eton ‘beak’, Mr Raymond South, a Windsor Councillor and History Master of Windsor County Boys’ School, were involved. They saw the urgent need for establishing such a local citizens body.
As a result of their discussions, a meeting was arranged at Windsor Guildhall on Friday, January 18th 1946. The large attendance unanimously agreed to the formation of a society to be called Windsor and Eton Society. It was to be non-party and non-sectarian and the first of its objectives was to encourage among people of Windsor and Eton an active interest in the history, present affairs and future prospects of their towns and to afford them the opportunity for constructive suggestions.
- 2015 An initiative to create a list of Non-Designated Heritage Assets (NDHA) was launched
- 2013 Summer afternoon visits to local places of interest introduced
- 2012 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II inaugurated the installation in King Edward Court, ‘Sixty Spheres for Sixty Years’, which was designed by a pupil from The Windsor Girls’ School. This commemorated Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.
- 2011 The Windsor and Royal Borough Museum opened in Windsor Guildhall
- 2010 The Society initiated a competition and fund for a tribute to commemorate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
- 2006 Opening of Church Street Heritage Garden on 9th June. An initiative by W&ES together with Windsor District Chamber of Commerce with the help of a Lottery Heritage Grant
- 2002 Datchet Road pump restored and a commemorative plaque fitted
- 2001 Society raised nearly £5000 to plant 50 trees on five sites to commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Sites were Alexandra Gardens, Home Park, St Peter’s School, Old Windsor Day Centre and Osborne Road roundabout where a commemorative plaque was placed.
- 2000 Quarterly meetings with RBWM officers and local Councillors established to discuss local planning and environmental issues
- 2000 BAA Heathrow three year sponsorship obtained for Senior Schools Forum
- 1999 Windsor Heritage incorporated into the Society
- 1994 Local Senior Schools invited to present projects based on current local issues to the Annual Forum
- 1991 Annual Forum established with various local residents’ associations and local members of Borough Council
- 1982 Small Guidhall Museum closed
- 1977 Miss Doris Mellor awarded MBE
- 1977 Architecture and Planning and Landscape sub committees amalgamated
- 1975 Bachelors Acre registered under provisions of Commons Act of 1965
- 1974 The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead formed in Local Government reorganisation
- 1970 Major Tree Survey of all significant trees in the Borough
- 1969 Start of the battle for Bachelors Acre with diligent research by Miss Doris Mellor
- 1969 First Windsor Festival
- 1967 Yehudi Menuhin concert out of which The Windsor Festival was born
- 1966 Formation of a Landscape Sub-Committee to maintain vigilance on the Royal Borough’s heritage of land not already occupied by buildings with Doris Mellor as secretary
- 1964 Architectural and Planning Sub-Committee formed to assist the Town Council with safeguarding local amenities and to alert the public to threats to the amenities of Windsor and Eton
- 1961 Windsor Heritage group formed
- 1961 Inaugural Annual Dinner
- 1961 First Windsor Facelift
- 1951-52 First series of Music Concerts
- 1951 Proposals made to the Council for restoration of the Guildhall to incorporate permanent exhibition
- 1951 Princess Elizabeth opened exhibition in the newly restored Guildhall
- 1949 Small Windsor History exhibition set up in the Guildhall
- 1948 Small archaeological group formed to gain material on the history of Windsor
- 1948 First ‘Guide to Windsor and Eton’ sponsored by the society
- 1947 First outings arranged and first AGM held in October
- 1946 18th January Meeting at The Guildhall agreed to the formation of The Windsor and Eton Society