Marlborough College recently hosted a touring party from Bishop Cotton School (Shimla), continuing a historic connection between the two schools.
34 boys and staff were hosted by Cotton House on Thursday 22nd June, a boarding house of course named after Bishop George Cotton, who was Master of Marlborough College from 1852-58 and was subsequently appointed Bishop of Calcutta. Bishop Cotton went on to found schools in Bangalore, Calcutta and Bombay as well as Shimla.
During their visit, the boys enjoyed various activities and in return, performed some Indian dance and drama for Cotton pupils, including a street play performed in traditional Indian style about ‘Incredible India’.
Old Cottonian and historian Raaja Bhasin was part of the group and gave talks to Marlborough pupils about the history of Bishop Cotton School and Shimla.
The group were visiting as part of a ten-day cultural tour to the UK that also included sightseeing opportunities at iconic landmarks of London such as the Houses of Parliament and Lord’s Cricket Ground.