Review: Art and Literature Festival Talk

To launch the Art and Literature Festival Mr Parnham’s talk entitled ‘The Call of the Wild Landscape’ introduced us to eminent and contemporary artists, many of whose captivating works were available to view at the accompanying Mount House Gallery exhibition ‘Interpreting the Landscape.’ The illustrated presentation began by discussing the esteemed British twentieth century painter […]

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Local History Talk: Bronze Age Barrow

On Tuesday 3rd March, Marlborough was delighted to welcome Bruce Fox, Chairman of Ogbourne St. Andrew History Group and a former analytical chemist, together with his colleagues Roger Harris and John Samways. Bruce started by outlining the details of the project to investigate the barrow. Roger then spoke about the relevant local history of the […]

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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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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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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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Life After Marlborough Talk

Andrew Stansbury (LI 2003-08) returned to Marlborough College on Wednesday 22nd January to pass on his experiences as part of the Upper Sixth Life After Marlborough programme. Andrew – a former Senior Prefect – now works for Urban Pursuit which is a Bristol-based non-profit organisation that aims to support children who are at risk of […]

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Parents’ Pastoral Conference

The College’s third annual Parents’ Pastoral Conference took place on Sunday 19th January 2020, as 125 Lower School parents, plus staff from local prep schools and from the College, attended a day of presentations and discussion. The theme was a shared commitment to supporting teenagers as they grow through adolescence into resilient and confident young […]

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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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Film Society begins with ‘Illusion of Life’ Talk

The new Film Study Society was launched by Mr Parnham with his exhilarating talk, ‘Illusion of Life’ on Thursday 5th December. It could not have been opened in a better way, already on its first event it attracted a full audience who were thoroughly intrigued. Starting his talk in Altamira, Spain with prehistoric cave paintings, […]

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Tim Harrison: ‘Gases in the Air’

Our December Chemistry Lecture, ‘Gases in the Air’, delivered on Thursday 5th December by our friend and colleague Tim Harrison from the University of Bristol, has become quite the annual event. Tim delivered this colourful lecture demonstration not once, but twice, to a packed Ellis Theatre. Excited children from our local schools – Baydon St […]

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Review: Charles Stuart

Charles Stuart, Head of the EU delegation to Tanzania, was a guest of the Politics Society – giving a thought-provoking talk on Tuesday 19th November. He gave a hugely relevant presentation to the Politics Society on how countries seek to identify emerging threats, respond to terrorism and then attempt to rebuild civil society and normalise. […]

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Review: Blackett Science Lecture

Elizabeth Tan (CO U6) looks back on the recent Blackett Science Lecture, given on Thursday 26th November by Dr. Payel Das, a postdoctoral researcher at the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford. Dr. Payel Das gave a fascinating talk on the Gaia mission and the methods that scientists use to investigate the […]

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Dick Moore continued his long association with Marlborough College by delivering a series of Youth Mental Health First Aid workshops to pupils and staff on Thursday 28th November. Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is an internationally recognised training programme designed specifically for people who teach, work, live with or care for young people. Moore […]

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Review: Talk by Don McCullin

We were honoured that highly acclaimed international photographer Sir Don McCullin kindly agreed to give an illustrated talk at Marlborough College recently. As an iconic war photographer, Don McCullin has witnessed many worldwide human tragedies. When entering zones of conflict or deprivation such as Vietnam, Syria, Berlin, London’s post war East End and the industrial […]

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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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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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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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Pupils meet Squash Legend

It was a great privilege and inspiration for the pupils of Marlborough College and St John’s Academy to meet squash great Nick Matthews on Thursday 19th September. Pupils were given the opportunity to ask questions relating to his career, gain advice on improving their own game and, of course, to meet one of their sporting […]

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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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Art Foundation & Degree Applications

Following on from the Art Department’s success with eight Upper Sixth pupils gaining first choice places at leading Art College’s and Architectural Schools in the preceding school year, a talk equipped with helpful information packs was held by Mr Twohig and Mr Parnham on the evening of Thursday 19th September aimed specifically to prepare those […]

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