The Memorial Hall Festival 2018

Thursday 1st November – Sunday 11th November ‘Celebrating and Remembering’ The Marlborough College Memorial Hall Festival 2018 includes a spectacular line-up of events, lectures and concerts, celebrating the year in which the hall reopened following its £6.5 million refurbishment. In addition, the Festival brings to a close the College’s four years of commemorative First World War events. Programme of Events ‘Why commemorating […]

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Pupils dig for Norman Castle Walls

A group of Marlborough College pupils are continuing excavation work with the aim of uncovering the walls of a Norman Castle. This term, the process began with a reminder of the importance of the work to come by watching the Marlborough Mound Trust video, which highlights the Mound’s history and what it means to the […]

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Review: MCCS Concert – John Lill

Where shall we start?  We could perhaps begin by saying that John Lill has given over 6,000 concerts in a very long and distinguished career, or maybe (and I quote) “I’m 74 now so I’m cutting back a bit these days, and I’m only going to tour Japan, China and Australia in the next few […]

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Visible Poetry – The Complete Etchings by Samuel Palmer & Robin Tanner

Mount House Gallery, Friday 5th October to Sunday 11th November (not including half-term) The Mount House Gallery heaved with visitors to the Opening of Visible Poetry on Friday evening. College pupils and members of staff along with members of the Marlborough local community came to view the intense, iconic images that are icons in the […]

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Gallery: House Harmony

Marlborough College House Harmony is an occasion to celebrate shared talent through team work. This year did not disappoint! Palpable anticipation filled the College as staff and pupils alike descended on the beautifully refurbished Memorial Hall on Thursday 4th October. Such a venue for this annual competition therefore required a similarly impressive adjudicator in the […]

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Southfields’ Sketches – Reflections from the Senior Chaplain

The absolute highlight of this week was the House Harmony finals in the Memorial Hall. Congratulations to the winners C1, who sang ‘Fix You’, by Cold Play. This was a display of stunning talent that held the Hall captive. The finals were masterfully organised by Mr. Will Finlay and Mr. Philip Dukes and both audience […]

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Review: Fashion and Media Careers Event

Susie Forbes, Principal of the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design in London, gave a detailed talk to our year groups recently. Gaining extensive editorial experience within the vibrant world of fashion and media for over 25 years led Susie to take up her role as Principle of Condé Nast College in 2011. Pupils […]

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Prep Schools’ Debating Competition

Last weekend saw Marlborough College host three Prep schools (Farleigh School, St Hugh’s School, and Ashfold School) for a debating workshop and inner-school competition. Aided by some of the College’s most distinguished debaters (including two past winners of the competition), pupils were put through their paces during a two-hour debating and public speaking workshop in […]

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Creative Activity Day in Art for Prep Schools

Twenty pupils from seventeen Prep Schools attended a super packed day at Marlborough College on Sunday 30th September, creating extraordinary high quality drawings and paintings. Pupils began in the morning gathering thoughts creating a detailed mind-map on the theme of identity through place. They then moved to the Mount House Gallery to view Ray Ward’s […]

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College Rare Books at the Literature Festival

Visitors to last weekend’s Marlborough Literary Festival were able to take a break from discussing the very latest in fiction and poetry as the College staged a presentation of some holdings from our Rare Books collection. The Keeper of Rare Books, Dr McKeown, gave a talk focusing mainly on first editions of works by Milton, […]

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Primary Schools enjoy Rugby Taster Day

Sixty Primary School pupils attended a rugby taster day at Marlborough College on Friday 28th September. Coaching was provided by Marlborough College staff including Head of Rugby Terry Gilmour, who was joined by former England Under 18s coach Russell Earnshaw and members of the Bath Rugby Academy coaching team. Primary schools in attendance included St […]

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Southfields’ Sketches: Reflections from the Senior Chaplain

Dungeons and Dragons! As a Lower Sixth elective? I asked myself that question, indeed incredulously, over the summer. The research indicates that Role Playing Games (RPGs) are in fact fantastic for the imagination, an excellent way to improve communication and problem solving skills and assists with the ability to work with a team. I’m looking […]

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Review: MCCS – BBC Big Band

This past year has been a significant event in the life of the Memorial Hall and the Concert Series was thrilled to return to its regular home following the hall’s spectacular £6.5m refurbishment. Audiences are now greeted by a fresh, new, sophisticated and state of the art interior, which in the process of its renovation […]

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Week Two: Sporting Reflections

The second matchday of the term brought new challenges in the shape of St Edward’s and Millfield for rugby and Clifton for girls’ hockey. The football boys faced Bedales and Lacrosse girls were in action at the Wiltshire and Dorset County Tournaments. It was wonderful to see the pupils in the 1st Rugby XV and […]

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Bristol for Bobby

Around 30 members of Marlborough College staff will be running this Sunday’s Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon, raising money for Bobby’s Fund. Five-year old Bobby Cox died of a very aggressive Medulloblastoma, a brain tumour, just two weeks after he was diagnosed in 2014. Elmhurst Housemistress Harriet Cox, Bobby’s mother, said: “Once again I am […]

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Dancy House Opening Ceremony

DANCY House was officially opened on Sunday 16th September, with former Master John Dancy returning to Marlborough as the guest of honour. The new £7.5m boarding house is named after John Dancy (Master, 1961-72) and his wife, Angela, who pioneered the introduction of girls to Marlborough in 1968. Eight members of that first cohort of […]

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Modern Languages after Marlborough

Three Old Marlburians returned to Marlborough on Friday 14th September, all of whom have taken their Modern Language studies further, and all of whom have enjoyed memorable experiences and professional opportunities through their language skills. The evening of presentations to the current Upper School modern linguists began with an illustration of how useful and employable […]

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History of Art Study Day

Upper Sixth History of Art pupils visited the Holburne Museum in Bath on Sunday 16th September to see the last day of the exhibition ‘Prized Possessions: Dutch Masterpieces from National Trust Houses.’ From Bath, the exhibition moves on to the Dutch Royal Picture Collection at the Mauritshuis in The Hague. It was a great chance […]

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