Speakers

Gods, Devils and Alcohol

Dr Peter Wothers, Teaching Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge and a Fellow and Director of Studies in Chemistry at St Catharine’s College, was invited to visit Marlborough on Tuesday 27th January. Dr Wothers, who aside from lecturing to Natural Science undergraduates at Cambridge, is involved with a number of projects bridging […]

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Review: Economics Conference

The annual Economics Conference once again was a huge success. A morning of three widely varied speakers allowed Economics students, pupils and members of the Common Room to expand their knowledge of hugely relevant topics.  Professor John Sessions, from the University of Bath, focused his talk on ‘Imperfect Information and Signalling in Labour Markets’. As […]

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Russian Society review Fabergé film

The Marlborough College Russian department were treated by College parent Ludovic Lindsay to an advance screening of his film concerning the Fabergé jewellery company, Fabergé: A Life of Its Own.  The film, played after a short introduction given by Mr Lindsay, spectacularly charted the fortunes of the brand from its inception to its most famous years […]

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Review: ‘The Spark of Life – Electricity in the Human Body’

Lucie Hughes (SU, U6) reviews the Biology and Natural History Talk: ‘The Spark of Life – Electricity in the Human Body’. The talk was given by Professor Frances Ashcroft FRS who is a Royal Society GlaxoSmithKline Research Professor at the University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford. At the beginning of her lecture, Professor Ashcroft stated that […]

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Chatwin Colloquium: Susannah Clapp

‘With Chatwin, Portrait of a Writer’ – Susannah Clapp (literary executor for Chatwin and author of ‘With Chatwin’, amongst many other works. The final lecture was introduced by Lower Sixth College student Katie Boden (LI, L6).  Susannah Clapp began with the observation that her talk would be “more of a chat” – for Chatwin himself […]

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Chatwin Colloquium: Jonathan Chatwin

‘Bruce Chatwin, Anywhere Out of the World’ – By Jonathan Chatwin (Author of a book on Chatwin’s work and creator of an online resource on Chatwin’s work and life – www.brucechatwin.co.uk) The second half of the Colloquium was introduced by Lower Sixth College student, Flora Stafford (MM, L6). J. Chatwin’s talk focused on Bruce Chatwin’s […]

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Chatwin Colloquium: Michael Cannon OM

‘Bruce Chatwin’ – Michael Cannon OM (B2 1954-59) and study companion of Bruce Chatwin) Michael Cannon began with observations on his experiences of College life, before speaking of the differences between himself and Chatwin: the “sporty and social” speaker versus the eclectic and intellectually mercurial Chatwin.  Their shared study became a repository for Chatwin’s many […]

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Chatwin Colloquium: Nicholas Murray

‘Bruce Chatwin and the Nature of Human Restlessness’ – By Nicholas Murray (author, journalist and biographer of Bruce Chatwin The Colloquium was held to honour the 25th anniversary of Chatwin’s death; it was introduced by a Lower Sixth College student, Tamsin Bracher (Mo, L6). Nicholas Murray began with a quotation from one of Chatwin’s reports […]

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Dan Hannan

“Start every speech with a bang,” Dan Hannan told his audience, as he spoke about the art of 21st Century Oratory on 31st October.  This was only one of the Ten Commandments which he argued would make an almost perfect speech.  The Old Marlburian European Parliament Member delivered an ear-opening talk which inspired all who […]

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Simon Gilderson, MBE

On Thursday 21st November, the Politics Society had great pleasure in hosting Simon Gilderson MBE (BH 1983-88) – an ex SAS veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was invited to discuss to what extent modern wars are unwinnable and he used his own extensive operational experience in a 21 year army career to try […]

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