Speakers

Medawar Lecture: Henry Marsh CBE

Many of us were very much looking forward to the visit of Henry Marsh, and were keen to see if his personality matched that portrayed in his book, Do No Harm. It’s understandably difficult to appeal to an audience with such a variety of interests, as was the case on Tuesday evening. However, Mr Marsh included […]

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Review: Amir Darwish

Amir Darwish gave a reading to the Poetry Society on Tuesday 7th February.  He had come for the UK as a refugee from Aleppo during the second Gulf War, and this experience had informed much of his writing.  He gave a writing workshop to the Creative Writing students; then, to a huge audience packed into […]

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Review: Ralph Beckett

The talk by leading racehorse trainer, Ralph Beckett (C2 1985-89) drew an audience from devotees of the newly formed Racing Society as well as members of the Natural History and Biology Society.  Mr Beckett glossed over his less than stellar academic career at Marlborough, focusing instead on time spent riding out for Barry Hills at Manton, betting […]

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Review: Tim Harrison

Tim Harrison from the University of Bristol (School of Chemistry) visited Marlborough on Thursday 2nd February and lectured to members of our Shell on the Chemistry of Fragrances. We also welcomed pupils from St Michael’s, Aldbourne, Preshute, Ramsbury, and Great Bedwyn Primary Schools, Pinewood Prep School and Swindon Academy. Tim took us on a journey […]

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Review: Jane Austen At Home

Tuesday 24th January 2017, Adderley  Devised by Stephen Siddall and acted by Emerald O’Hanrahan This presentation of Jane Austen and her work was very interesting and original on many levels.  Many extracts of the author’s books, letters and stories were read and acted out by a single actress who portrayed the emotions of Austen very […]

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Review: Leon McCarron

Leon McCarron, film maker, writer and adventurer, visited Marlborough on Tuesday 24th January where he spoke to over 400 Marlburian Geographers about two of his recent journeys. The first was a 1,000 mile walk over five months in 2016 from Jerusalem to Mt Sinai, through the West Bank, Jordan and Sinai. He took us beyond […]

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Review: Ben Kane

Classics Society Talk: The Life of a Roman Centurion Ben Kane, best-selling author of the Forgotten Legion trilogy and Spartacus series, gave a fascinating talk to the Shell on Thursday 17th November. His talk was about the life of a Roman legionary, encouraging the audience to examine his collection of beautifully crafted military equipment, from […]

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Review: Dr Victoria Blackmore

Recreating the Big Bang: Accelerators for High Energy Physics – Dr Victoria Blackmore, Imperial College, London In her talk on Tuesday 8th November, Dr Blackmore covered a variety of very interesting topics regarding her field of research: accelerator physics. These included a fascinating introduction to sub-atomic particles like photons, muons and neutrinos and their properties […]

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Review: David Edwards

David Edwards gave a series of four Geography lectures on Thursday 3rd November.  The Remove and Hundred enjoyed a talk on exploring the Grand Canyon and a Climate Change update; the Shell were fascinated by their talk on Antarctica, the U6 were challenged by a tectonic Island comparison of Iceland and Montserrat and the L6 […]

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Dunford Lecture: Clare Balding

It was a great privilege to welcome Clare Balding to give the Dunford Lecture on Tuesday 4th October 2016.   Clare is currently one of the most high-profile sports journalists and presenters; as she spent the summer in Rio as the main anchor-woman of the Olympic and Paralympic games, we were particularly looking forward to asking […]

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