Speakers

Football legend visits Marlborough

Footballing legend Tony Adams visited the College on Tuesday 13th November, speaking to pupils about the highs and lows of his record-breaking career with Arsenal and England. He spoke as passionately as he used to play the game, reliving his early days as an apprentice before moving on to his battles with alcoholism. He also […]

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Britain is defined by how it remembers World War One

This article by Daniel Hannan (BH 1984-89), originally appeared in The Sunday Telegraph on 11 November 2018. We will remember them. But the way we remember them will keep shifting, saying more about us than about them. As individuals, and as a nation, we are forever bringing our memory of the First World War into alignment […]

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Review: The OM War Poets

The talent and tragedy of the OM war poets is spoken of a lot within the school and for good reason. Charles Hamilton Sorley (C1 1908-15) and Siegfried Sassoon (CO 1902-04) pioneered a new genre of wartime poetry, poems that spoke less of the glory of sacrifice made for one’s country and more of the […]

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Review: Brian Anderson’s illustrated talk

The Memorial Hall Festival has been many things but perhaps one of the most persuasive aspects has been its variety. Brian Anderson’s brilliant illustrated talk which traced Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated attempt to cross Antarctica in 1914 and the amazing icebound drama that followed, was a great example of that variety and utterly fascinating with […]

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Review: Faith & the First World War

Pupils from Shell and Remove were joined by guests from the Town to listen to the Revd Canon Andrew Studdert-Kennedy (C3 1972-76) talking about his grandfather Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, better known as Woodbine Willie, as he was renowned for handing out ‘Woodbine’ cigarettes to the men in the trenches. For his bravery in being alongside […]

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Review: La Grande Illusion

Members of the public, pupils and Common Room were treated to a showing of Jean Renoir’s classic war film La Grande Illusion, along with a scholarly introduction given by Andrew Brown, on Tuesday evening as part of the Memorial Hall Festival. This cinematic masterpiece was considered timely on its initial release in 1937 and the […]

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Review: Walk and Talk

Upper Sixth Art Scholar, Nell Hargrove, looks back at the ‘Walk and Talk’ event in the Mount House Gallery by Edward Twohig, Head of Art.  On Monday evening, Mr Twohig took an eager audience on a ‘Walk & Talk’ around the Mount House Gallery. We were presented with an engaging story of art from 1918, […]

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Review: Stuart Pearce

In something of an unusual departure from my normal musical activities I had the pleasure of interviewing England football legend Stuart Pearce as part of the Memorial Hall Festival events. I’ve known Stuart for over a decade which made the process of interviewing him a relaxed and convivial occasion, as we were able to trace […]

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Jeremy Black opens the Memorial Hall Festival

The Memorial Hall Festival opened with a blessing from the Senior Chaplain and a brief welcoming speech from the Master before the main attraction, which was a lecture by the renowned historian Jeremy Black on “Why commemorating the First World War is more important than ever”. Beginning by making reference to readings from actual diary’s […]

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Siobhán Humston: Creative Practice Talk

To introduce our Artist in Residence for 2018-19 to the College community, Canadian born Siobhán Humston presented a slideshow and discussed her practice as an interdisciplinary artist. Mostly involved with creating works from, and amongst, the natural world, Siobhán has undertaken a degree in Ireland, been chosen for residencies in New Zealand, USA, the Netherlands […]

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