Remembering Ciaran Carson

The English Department at Marlborough was sorry to learn of the death last month of the celebrated Irish poet, Ciaran Carson, who passed away aged 70 after a long illness. Ciaran was a writer who contributed to the Department’s enrichment programme for several years at the beginning of the present decade, both as a visiting […]

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HATA Trip to Spain

Over half-term the History And The Arts Society (HATA) and the Upper School Scholars enjoyed a tremendous trip to Spain, on which pupils lectured on everything from Arab mathematics to 13th century battles to river systems to 19th century music, usually in places directly connected with the subject matter. We saw Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba and […]

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Review: Professor Dame Julia Higgins, FRS

We were delighted to welcome Professor Dame Julia Higgins, FRS who visited the College to deliver her lecture ‘Seeing is Believing – Polymer Structure and Dynamics from Neutron Scattering’ to Sixth Form scientists and visitors from the town. Dame Julia has spent her professional life at the intersection of physics, chemistry, engineering and materials science […]

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Politics Society Quiz Night

On Wednesday 30th October, 57 Lower Sixth Politics pupils gathered in the Garnett Room for a team quiz covering current events at Westminster and beyond. Such is the need for up-to-date factual information in Politics essays that the current political climate needs very careful monitoring. Mr Gow, ably assisted by Merlin and the departmental team, […]

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Upper-Sixth Study Trip to Rome

Thirty-two of the College’s Upper-Sixth History of Art students enjoyed six wonderful days in Italy this half-term touring sites of prime art historical and scholarly interest. The party was based in Rome but ventured out to Arezzo, Orvieto, Naples and Pompeii. That way, students had detailed exposure to the curricular material we study on the […]

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Essay Prizes – within College, and beyond

This term saw the introduction of three prestigious College essay prizes: the Spink Medal Department Essay Competition, the Hundred Research Prize, and the Sassoon Essay Prize. Presented by the London-based auction house, the Spink Medal Department Essay Competition is open to all those in the Sixth Form studying History of Art, and requires them to […]

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University Summary – UK and beyond

This year’s leavers will be proud of achieving numerous and diverse offers from many of the world’s top universities. 81% of the cohort (up from 77% last year) accepted an offer from one of the 24 Russell Group universities, and a large proportion of those who didn’t, chose to study at prestigious universities in North […]

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Gallery: Shell Form Trips

Despite the climate change demonstrations in central London which caused a number of last-minute cancellations and changes of plan, all 16 Forms enjoyed very successful days out at a wide number of destinations across southern England. In the single trip to London that was able to run, pupils visiting the Jewish Museum learned about the […]

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New Directions for Art

Each new school year brings fresh ideas, ambitions and approaches within pupils’ work. As I write our A level U6 artists and photographers have already made their creative stamp inside the Art Department studios and many GCSE artists are beginning to create work mirroring their ideas powerfully and fluently. What is wonderful to see are […]

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Poet in Residence – Sara Hirsch

Sara Hirsch, the acclaimed spoken word artist and champion slam poet, was our poet-in-residence once again for the first week in October. This was a packed, intense residency: Sara’s workshops for every Remove form, all Lower Sixth English sets and the Creative Writing AFA students were hugely enjoyable, liberating and productive: she also gave a […]

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Art Historian rewarded with a medal

The world’s oldest auction house, Spink & Sons of Southampton Row, London, opened up a competition for Marlborough’s pupils of History of Art at the end of the Lent term. As a specialist auction house dealing principally with militaria, numismatics, and medals, Spink’s asked pupils to write entries for a sales catalogue concerning medals awarded […]

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Physicists visit the Beecroft Building

On Thursday 26th September, nine members of the Upper Sixth along with an OM were invited to look around the new ‘Beecroft Building’ at the University of Oxford. Completed in 2018, this incredible building is part of one of the largest Physics departments in the world and was purpose built for theoretical and experimental research […]

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Review: An Evening with Kevin Ashman

On Tuesday 17th September, pupils and teachers in the Garnett Room were privileged to be in the company of six times World Quiz Champion and Egghead, Kevin Ashman. With an unusual interview style format, we were exposed to interesting details of Mr Ashman’s education and professional quizzing career. We were all fascinated by the broad […]

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Making the most of the Sixth Form

Lower Sixth pupils and their parents were given a comprehensive look at the opportunities available as part of Sixth Form life with an insightful talk on Friday 20th September. The Master, Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, opened the morning’s event before a keynote speech from Lord Malloch-Brown KCMG PG. The hour-long presentation included a range of topics on […]

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Dr David Gilks on Art and Loot

It was a great delight to welcome Dr David Gilks (LI 1993-98) of the University of East Anglia on his return to Marlborough. Dr Gilks, one-time pupil in Littlefield, had been invited to speak to the History of Art Society on the theme of Art and Loot. As Dr Gilks made clear, the theft of […]

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Richard Shirley Smith Exhibition

The Mount House Gallery saw over one hundred visitors from College and local community attending our first exhibition opening in this new school year. It was a grand event for a grand and renowned painter and engraver. A celebratory atmosphere prevailed this opening of Richard Shirley Smith’s exhibition of paintings, drawings, collages and wood-engravings with […]

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Prep School Pupils Get Creative

On Sunday 15th September the Art Department hosted Year 8 pupils from 11 prep schools. The day centred around creating observational and expressive work inspired by the current exhibition on display in the Mount House Gallery. Pupils began with brainstorming ideas and information on the artist Richard Shirley Smith while getting to know, first hand, […]

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Review: Lesley Garrett & Anna Tilbrook

Marlborough College Concert Series – Sunday 15 September 2019 Lesley Garrett & Anna Tilbrook The 78th season of world-class musicians in Marlborough opened with a performance from the renowned soprano, Lesley Garrett, accompanied by the excellent Anna Tilbrook on piano. The concert was more “An Evening with … “ rather than a conventional song recital, but […]

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Fusion Power on the Grid: In our lifetime?

Physics Department Engineering Talk: Fusion Power on the Grid: In our lifetime? David Godden gave a very interactive talk on the prospects of utilising fusion energy as a main energy resource. He outlined how the primary energy sources, oil, coal, are unsustainable in the long run. Cracking fusion energy potentially could result in another technological […]

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Visiting Bruno Gorlato: Printmaker & Painter

A display in Studio 1 within the Art School shows work and the inspirations of Italian artist Bruno Gorlato. Meeting a living hero is a rare event in anyone’s life. In August this year I first met this renowned printmaker whose work I had known and been intrigued by since my Art College years. Visiting […]

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(I)GCSE Results 2019

Marlborough’s (I)GCSE candidates are celebrating some terrific results today. The year group, having outperformed their May predictions at every level, should be incredibly proud that 42% of the grades awarded were the equivalent of the old style A* while 95% of all grades were of the former A*-B standard. The average points score total was […]

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