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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Mural Restoration at Preshute Primary

Five of our Lower Sixth Artists are giving their time this term to restoring a mural at Preshute Primary school back to its former glory as part of the Outreach programme. A replica of Georges Seurat’s painting ‘Bathers at Asnières’ was adorning the playground at the primary school but had become weathered and worn by […]

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House Shout 2019

The House Shout Competition on Thursday 10th October 2019 celebrated College-wide talent, and fantastic community spirit. With brand new production in lighting and sound, it made for a very special and memorable occasion as we approach half-term. Welcoming Rebecca Cavill (Director of Music, St Mary’s Calne) to adjudicate the competition, she had the unenviable task […]

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Video: Lunchtime Concerts

Philip Dukes – Artistic Director – discusses the weekly lunchtime concerts that are held in the Goodison Hall, showcasing the range of musical talent at Marlborough College.

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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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Blog: Southfields’ Sketches

The Chapel schedule continues to thrive and pulse as the spiritual life of the College is nurtured with hope in this time of political change and sometimes despair. I continue to discover, create and enable many new initiatives as will be detailed below. Thanks, in advance, for your interest! At every mid-week Chapel service, the […]

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Prep School Art Experience Day

On Sunday 6th October, 19 pupils from 15 prep schools experienced a day in the Art School painting, cutting and making, in a way and with materials not used by these pupils before. This was the second such Sunday this school year when prep school pupils created work in the Art Department. Mr Parham’s group […]

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New Directions for Art

Each new school year brings fresh ideas, ambitions and approaches within pupil’s 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 is […]

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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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Preview: Don McCullin Talk at Marlborough

Don McCullin is the Picasso of photography and has redefined photojournalist photography across the last half century. Earlier this year, Tate Britain held a major retrospective exhibition of this photographer’s work, displaying over 250 compositions, a rare accolade for any living artist or photographer. This exhibition will be shown in Tate Liverpool next year. This […]

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Artist-in-Residence: Siobhán Humston

On account of her success last school year, Siobhán Humston accepted the invitation to stay a further year as Artist-in-Residence at Marlborough College. Observing this artist’s creativity and curiosity within the Art School environment is as nurturing as it is inspirational for pupils and staff. Her working space in the Art School is a repository […]

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Art Donation by an OM

After reading a feature article about Christopher Hughes – the former Head of Art (1920-45) at Marlborough – on this website back in June, Henry Paul Street (B3 1956-61) contacted the Development Office over the summer and very generously sent two fine etchings to the College from Australia by this great and influential Art beak […]

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Sporting Clay Challenge

24 teams from 13 schools competed on Wednesday 9th October at our ‘home’ clays match. The competition was won by Millfield 1’s. Rugby were second and Marlborough A’s 3rd – just one point behind them. The Marlborough B’s finished 12th and the C’s 14th amidst competitive opposition. The highlight of the afternoon was Sophie Herrmann’s (DA […]

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Review: What Lies Behind

An outstanding group of actors from the Remove and Hundred gave a refined and haunting performance in the Bradleian this week of David Kenworthy’s devised piece: What Lies Behind. The group created individual characterisations that were skilful, detailed and compelling, whilst also maintaining a tight ensemble focus as their stories wove together. Moments of humour […]

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Music Scholars’ Recital – Calne Festival

Once again, Marlborough College Music Scholars produced a remarkable feast of music at their annual appearance at the Calne Festival. It really was very good and talent was in abundance. Emily Ambrose (MO Hu) and Poppy McGhee (NC Re) opened proceedings with excellent precision and ensemble in Telemann’s Sonata in A minor for two recorders […]

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Tournament Success for Netball

Both U16 and U14 squads progress through to November’s County round after some promising results at the recent Mid Wilts Area Tournament. Tuesday 2nd October saw a great performance from all of the U16 girls in some challenging weather conditions, particularly within the St Augustine’s game which was played in torrential rain. It was pleasing […]

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Parents’ Pastoral Conference

Ellis Theatre, Marlborough College Sunday 19th January 2020 Parents of pupils in the Lower School are warmly invited to join us for a series of presentations on pastoral issues relevant to parenting young teenagers. We have again invited three fantastic speakers, all acknowledged experts in their fields. The day includes lunch, and, at the end […]

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Bruce Tulloh Book – Anniversary Edition

It’s now 50 years since sixties running legend Bruce Tulloh (CR 1973-94) made his record breaking 2,876‑mile run across America in just under 65 days. To celebrate this and commemorate Bruce, who died last year, his family are republishing his long out of print book, Four Million Footsteps, which chronicled his amazing transcontinental adventure.  To […]

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MCCS: Ensemble Bash

The second concert in the 2019/20 Marlborough College Concert Series was given by the colourful and engaging Ensemble Bash. Now in their 27th year together, they have delighted audiences across the globe with their innovative and ground-breaking performances, which remain as fresh and as exciting as ever. One could perhaps be forgiven for taking a […]

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