Drawing the Wild Landscape Workshop

Within the theme of ‘landscape’, I had the idea to present a workshop to help participants experience the benefits of being in nature whilst remaining in the art school. I proposed being guided through the outdoors in the mind’s eye while making marks on the paper without seeing, therefore without judging. Pupils and staff were […]

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Eight lectures, eight nights…

Following the move to a virtual school on Wednesday 18th March for the remainder of the Lent term, we are continuing to deliver intellectual stimulation until the end of term with a series of eight fascinating lectures over the course of eight evenings via the online conferencing platform Zoom. In the inaugural lecture was given […]

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Junior History Medley

This year’s annual Junior History Medley saw five members of the Remove and Hundred taking the opportunity to choose a topic, conduct some independent research, and then give a short presentation on their findings to members of the Shell, Remove and Hundred. First up was Reg Barton (C1 Hu), whose in-depth and authoritative analysis of […]

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In the Spotlight: Modern Languages

On the afternoon of Tuesday 4th February 2020, seven school teams gathered at the College to take part in the Joutes Oratoires (a nationwide schools’ French debating competition). After a fierce battle against St John’s School, debating, perhaps ironically, whether violence can ever be justified, Annabel Hannan (NC U6) and Grisha Belotserkovsky (TU U6) emerged […]

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Development of Atomic Structure

We were delighted to welcome local resident Professor Randal Richards, OBE, to the College recently to lecture to Sixth Formers and interested Hundred pupils on the subject of the development of atomic structure. Prof. Richards is no stranger to the College. A committee member of the University of the Third Age in Kennet (a UK-wide […]

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Shell OM Reading Competition

The annual Old Marlburian Reading Prize Competition took place on Tuesday 28th January, with Shell Form pupils reading the best of this year’s responses to the work of OM writers. The 16 finalists presented written pieces based on work by Bruce Chatwin (B2 1953-58), Lauren Child (B1 1982-84), Frank Gardner (LI 1974-79), John Betjeman (B2 […]

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Paul Chapman – Politics Society

The Politics Society was delighted to welcome back Paul Chapman, art historian and National Gallery guide, to speak on the role of political art in the public space. A packed audience in the Garnett Room listened to Paul explain how art has been used in public spaces to express political grievances and injustices starting with […]

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Junior Art Scholarship Day

The recent Junior Art Scholarship day saw 17 pupils from 16 Prep Schools visit the College for a day’s drawing from observation in the Mount House Gallery. In preparation, each were asked to bring a folder containing five works they are most happy with and two recent workbooks containing drawings, photographs and recordings. No easy […]

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Hannibal versus Rome

Ben Kane, whose books include the ‘Eagles of Rome’ series, ‘Spartacus’ and ‘The Forgotten Legion’ trilogy, visited Marlborough last week to talk to the Shell about Hannibal’s daring invasion of Italy in 218 B.C. which culminated two years later in one of the bloodiest battles in history at Cannae. Mr Kane doesn’t just talk the […]

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GCSE Art Trip to the Oxford

Sixty GCSE pupils and four Art staff set off for Oxford early on Tuesday 4th February in preparation towards the GCSE examination titles, specifically to record first-hand their findings through observational drawings, photographs and notation. Our destination was the Natural History Museum as well as study man-made artefacts from varied cultures contained within the adjoining […]

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Joutes Oratoires

Marlborough College welcomed six local schools for an afternoon of Joutes Oratoires – French debating – on Tuesday 4th February. Tackling issues such as globalisation, the role of royal princes and sport in schools, the pairs of debaters threw themselves into the task of persuading the judges that they were right. The prepared speeches were […]

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Careers Speed-Dating Event

The Hundreds recently took part in a careers speed-dating event. A total of 14 of Old Marlburians very kindly came in to talk to us about their lives at school, university and beyond, which was all hugely beneficial to us as we are about to choose our Sixth Form subjects. Tom, an up-and-coming actor, advised […]

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Liederabend: A Festival in Foreign Languages

“Music and poetry have a common domain, from which they draw inspiration and in which they operate: the landscape of the soul.  Together, they have the power to lend intellectual form to what is sensed and felt, to transmute both into a language that no other art can express.  The magic power that dwells in […]

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Chemists visit the University of Bristol

Lower Sixth chemists recently visited the University of Bristol on Friday 17th January, working on an undergraduate experiment- the dehydration of methylcyclohexanol. This visit of 44 pupils completes the annual three link points we have with the University as part of a shared outreach programme, in which some of the Hundred and all of our […]

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Oxbridge and Princeton Offers 2020

We are delighted to extend warm congratulations to ten exceptional pupils who have received offers to study at Oxford and Cambridge and to Helena Barton (MM) who has received an offer from Princeton. These elite academic institutions continue to attract the top performers from around the world and receive an average of five applications per […]

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Mapping Architectural History

It was a great honour for the College to welcome Professor Anthony Gerbino to address the History of Art Society on Wednesday 15th January. Professor Gerbino is the Chair of the History of Art Department at the University of Manchester, an institution with long associations with Marlborough’s art historians. Professor Gerbino is renowned as a […]

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Academic Round-Up: Michaelmas term

It has been a busy three months, filled full with talks, trips, prizes and competitions. For most, the high tempo of term has now subsided – but not for all. 37 of our Upper Sixth have interviews at Oxford and Cambridge this week and next; we wish them all the very best of luck at […]

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HATA – Michaelmas term review

The History Department and its main club HATA (History And The Arts) enjoyed an extremely busy Michaelmas term with a total of 17 trips and nine open seminar/lecture evenings, and various other events and classes. For a detailed review of the programme and for illustrations, please click here.

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Library News Round-up: Michaelmas 2019

The Memorial Library Team review a packed Michaelmas term, which saw over 14,500 visits to the library and over 2,000 loans, plus a range of events and activities: Research Support Sessions Michaelmas term sees the start of a number of major research projects for students across the college, including the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), and […]

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