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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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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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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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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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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The Everest Lecture

To our great pleasure, Karen Darke visited the College on Thursday 4th July to give a fascinating and inspirational talk as this year’s Everest Lecturer. Karen is an adventurer, Paralympian and currently a full-time athlete. After an accident in her early twenties, Karen was paralysed, breaking her neck, back, arms, skull – and the list […]

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Sunday Talk: Girls in Action

It was a pleasure to be able to give one of the Sunday evening talks on 28th April about Girls in Action to a busy room of staff and students alike. I spoke about my previous volunteering trip to Zambia with The Wallace Group, a group of eight universities, charities and organisations which started when […]

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Student Life After Marlborough

The OMs who kindly made the great effort to come back and share their pearls of wisdom with us on Wednesday 24th April also made efforts to make their pearls relatable and at times funny. They covered many areas in the briefing, starting by giving useful tips about booking flights (on gap years and travelling […]

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History of Art Society: Jack West-Sherring

It was a great pleasure to welcome Jack West-Sherring to address the History of Art Society on Wednesday 20th March. Jack is an auctioneer at Spink’s of London, the world’s oldest auction house, where he works in the historical medals department. Jack’s purpose was twofold: to present a close reading of a beautiful silverpoint drawing […]

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Review: Mathematics with Olivia Jeans

On the evening Thursday 14th March, International Pi Day, Olivia Jeans (MM 1996-2001) delivered a visually stunning mathematics talk to a lecture theatre buzzing with Further Mathematics A level pupils. She gave a perfectly pitched introduction to work which she is currently undertaking for her Phd at the Open University. Armed with an array of […]

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Food for Thought: Dr Jamie Edwards

The College’s art historians were provided with real food for thought in a talk on Wednesday when Dr Jamie Edwards of the University of Birmingham presented a lecture on Flemish Still Life of the Sixteenth Century. Dr Edwards’s main subject was the so-called ‘mannerist inversion’ paintings of Pieter Aertsen, the Amsterdam painter long active in […]

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Review: Miranda Aldhouse-Green

Miranda Aldhouse-Green, Professor Emerita of Archaeology at the University of Cardiff, visited the College on Wednesday 27th February. She gave a fascinating talk to Latin GCSE pupils about Druids and Boudica’s rebellion, which they are studying for their set texts. She put the accounts of Caesar and Tacitus into the context of Roman imperial expansion, […]

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Review: Katyuli Lloyd

Marlburians received the opportunity to join a very informative talk given by illustrator Katyuli Lloyd (MO 1998-03) during Visual Arts Week, on illustrating Virginia Woolf’s novel ‘Flush’ and Katyuli’s other recent and successful projects. Katyuli told us that when studying at Cambridge for an Illustration M.A., students were encouraged to ‘work on finding your style […]

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Review: Professor Anita Taylor

For the second event within Visual Arts Week at Marlborough College, we were privileged to have leading artist Professor Anita Taylor visit and give us a captivating talk titled ‘Creative Practice and the Importance of Drawing’. Anita is the Executive Dean of Fine Art at Bath School of Art & Design, Bath Spa University and […]

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Review: Dr Luke Skrebowski

Some of the College’s art historians enjoyed an important lecture on Wednesday evening given by Dr Luke Skrebowski from the University of Manchester’s Department of Art History. Dr Skrebowski’s theme was Pop Art and Modernism, and he took as his focus the giant panel painting “F-111” by the American artist James Rosenquist. With admirable analytical […]

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Parents’ Pastoral Conference

The College’s second Parents’ Pastoral Conference took place on Sunday 20th January 2019, as 125 parents attended a day of presentations and discussion. The theme was a shared commitment to supporting teenagers as they grew through adolescence into resilient and confident young people. After a welcome from the Master, Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, Lady Cayley spoke about […]

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PSHE Talk Review: Emma Cole

Positive Voice for HIV – Emma Cole, Thursday 17th January 2019 Since coming out as a HIV positive woman in 1991, Emma Cole has told her story to thousands of young people. Last week the Marlborough College Upper School were told Emma’s inspiring and truly admirable HIV tale. Remarkably, Emma has turned her life as an […]

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