This new project, spearheaded by the academic scholars, aims to capture and present some of the qualities of the College, its history and its area.
‘Marlborough Chalk’ refers both to the land below and around us – the wonderful chalk downland which has sustained such rich and varied civilisations for thousands of years – as well as the tradition of pedagogy represented by the College (‘chalk’ once being pretty common in classrooms!). The articles will be about anything and everything connected to these topics.
The project follows in the footsteps of our two Lockdown publications – ‘Beethoven in time of Lockdown’ published in 2020 and ‘In time of Lockdown: reflections on Locks, Lockdown, Isolation’ published in 2021. These exceptional publications contain many fascinating articles and original artwork by pupils and members of the Common Room and can be found on our website under Pupil Publications.
For this new project, we intend to launch articles written by pupils and staff in small batches on our website where the publication will build over the rest of the academic year.
For our grand launch, we have three contrasting articles. Two are by Shell pupils, new to the College this term, Tali S and Seb G, who have done a fine job researching Wiltshire’s white horses and the medieval castle of Marlborough. The third article, by Dima M (L6), is an entertaining and rich study of Marlborough College’s connections with Russia, ranging from Crimean palaces built by the architect of A House to the espionage of Anthony Blunt. You can read these articles on our Marlborough Chalk webpage.
More articles will follow in the new year and we very much hope that you will enjoy reading them all as they build an eclectic picture of this amazing place.
Head of Academic Scholars, Head of History