Endless Boundaries

This year’s themed publication, spearheaded by the academic scholars, is titled Endless Boundaries: Games, Competition and Play in the Human Experience.

Games were part of the fabric of daily life in the very earliest civilisations, and, in 2024, we find that it is no different. Whether it is in contest with other schools or in a friendly (yet fiercely competitive) end-of-lesson Kahoot, games are a vibrant feature of life at Marlborough.

Wonderfully broad in scope, Games as a theme allows for multi- and inter-disciplinary contributions, from both pupils and staff, that highlight not only the universality of games and its centrality to the human experience, but the diverse interests of the College community.

It is a fitting topic for us to explore in 2024 as the 150th anniversary of the construction of our iconic Cricket Pavilion falls in this year. The Pavilion, opened in 1874, was designed by the great Victorian architect, Alfred Waterhouse, who also designed the National History Museum.

Articles will be published in batches on this page over the rest of the academic year. At the end of the project, a final Endless Boundaries publication will be created to sit alongside our other pupil publications on the College website.

We hope you enjoy the breadth and depth of these contributions for what they reveal about the presence and power of games, and also as a reflection of the engaged intellectual community at Marlborough.

Christopher Moule

Head of Academic Scholars, Head of History