Dan Hannan

“Start every speech with a bang,” Dan Hannan told his audience, as he spoke about the art of 21st Century Oratory on 31st October.  This was only one of the Ten Commandments which he argued would make an almost perfect speech.  The Old Marlburian European Parliament Member delivered an ear-opening talk which inspired all who […]

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Simon Gilderson, MBE

On Thursday 21st November, the Politics Society had great pleasure in hosting Simon Gilderson MBE (BH 1983-88) – an ex SAS veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was invited to discuss to what extent modern wars are unwinnable and he used his own extensive operational experience in a 21 year army career to try […]

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Blackett Science Lecture

The 9th annual Blackett Science Lecture took place on Tuesday 26th November in the Ellis Theatre given by the Savilian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford University, Professor Steven Balbus titled ‘The Moon: what is, what was, what might have been’. A large audience of pupils and Friends of the Marlborough Telescope outreach group listened to […]

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Speaker: Martin Cottingham

On Thursday 7th November the Politics Society was pleased to host Martin Cottingham, Head of Communications at Islamic Relief UK.  The invitation was extended to provide a fresh perspective on the question as to whether Islam and Democracy are fundamentally incompatible. Having travelled extensively in Muslim countries and with a job whose remit is to […]

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Deutsch Club speaker: Thomas Kielinger

The German Department hosted Thomas Kielinger, OBE, the London correspondent of the prestigious German newspaper ‘Die Welt’, on Friday 22nd November. Herr Kielinger spoke to an audience of Marlburians on ‘Anglo-German Relations: a New High?’ in the Adderley. Guests included teachers and pupils from St. John’s, Marlborough and St Mary’s, Calne. Author of ‘Crossroads and […]

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George Hollingbery MP

With only two years’ experience as an MP in the recently created constituency of Meon Valley in Hampshire, George Hollingbery has been described as a ‘rising star’ especially with his promotion to Parliamentary Private Secretary for Theresa May. Despite being bound by the Ministerial Code, he was still able to outline how backbenchers operate in […]

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Marlborough hosts Carol Ann Duffy

For the finale of Marlborough’s Literary Festival, Britain’s Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy performed in the Memorial Hall along with John Sampson who provided  musical interludes and combinined his atmospheric music with Carol Ann’s poems. John opened with Charge of the Light Brigade performed on a herald’s trumpet, the first of many obscure instruments used […]

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De-mining Cambodia

Aki-Ra a former child soldier travelled to Marlborough from Cambodia, to tell us why he is committed to ensuring the legacy of mines that have been left after the war will be removed. At the start of the talk Tony Hauser, a Canadian photographer told pupils how he started working for this charity and about […]

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Commander Ian Adam speaks to the Politics Society

Commander Ian Adam was a recent guest of the Marlborough Politics Society to deliver a very stimulating and thought provoking presentation on the Global trends that are projected to shape the world in the next 20 years. The future in some respects looks a rather scary place with resources becoming scarcer, populations growing and the […]

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Dunford Lecture with Alastair Hignell

Alastair Hignell: a well renowned sportsman in both the Rugby, Cricket and broadcasting world, delivered what most people considered an excellent and most touching, Dunford Lecture. Talking about the challenges of playing international rugby and county cricket, he gave some inspirational advice to the young athletes at Marlborough. Hignell or ‘Higgy’ to his friends developed […]

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Educational Research Symposium

Marlborough College is beginning to establish an increasingly visible research community among the members of its Common Room. Over the past few months Mr Nicholas, Mr Turner and Ms Mackintosh have all presented their ongoing academic research to the new Marlborough College Research Group, established last academic year by Dr Mallard. To add to this […]

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The Everest Lecture

Marlborough College has a long association with the world’s highest mountain. The 1953 conquest of Everest was led by an OM, Colonel John (later Lord) Hunt (C2 1924-28) and there were two other Old Marlburians in the team: M.P.Ward (B2 1939-43) – the Expedition doctor – and C.G.Wylie (B3 1933-37).  Following their success they petitioned […]

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Visit from The British Ambassador to Germany

The Modern Languages Department was privileged to receive a visit from Mr Simon McDonald, British Ambassador to Germany, on the 15th May. There was strong interest from modern linguists of all ages, and also invited to the talk were German departments from St Mary’s Calne, St John’s Marlborough and Dauntseys. All enjoyed an insightful and […]

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Professor Christopher Andrew: The British Security System

On 26 April, the Upper School History and Politics Societies were treated to an informative and highly engaging talk on the history and current operations of the British Security Service (MI5). Professor Christopher Andrew kept a large audience gripped with accounts of the foundation of the service, its work in periods of conflict (including the […]

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Professor Angie Hobbs Lecture

An Evening of Philosophy The Philosophy society had the pleasure of welcoming Professor Angie Hobbs for an evening lecture on the 19th of April. Giving us a small insight into her area of expertise; the focus was upon ‘Plato and the meaning of Courage’. The first moments were spent in silence as the audience was told to […]

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Visit by Lord Adonis

On Tuesday 16 April the Master welcomed Lord Adonis, President of the Independent Academies Association and former Minister for Schools and Secretary of State for Transport, to the College as part of the Common Room training day at the start of the Summer Term. We were joined by Sir Hayden Phillips and Lord Malloch-Brown, Chairman […]

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John Julius Norwich

The History Department was delighted to welcome John Julius Norwich to its Upper School History Society in February. Viscount Norwich spoke on the papacy, the subject of his recent book, The Popes: A History. He focussed particularly on the early, medieval and early modern Church, bringing the papacy in its first thousand years to life through […]

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Dambisa Moyo Lecture

Dambisa Moyo was warmly welcomed this year to provide the annual Marlborough Brandt Group Lecture. It is no surprise that she was recently nominated by TIME magazine as one of the top 100 most influential women in the world; not only is she glamorous, witty and extremely clear in presenting her arguments but, as bestselling […]

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Politics Society: General Lorimer (OM)

The Politics Society was privileged to welcome John Lorimer (C1 1976-1981) to speak in the Adderley about his experiences in the British Army. General Lorimer is presently commanding the 3rd UK Mechanical Division but has also served previously in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and was flying to Afghanistan on the night of his talk. Having read Arabic […]

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Solving Global Poverty

The Politics Society was delighted to welcome Patricia Juby, an ambassador for the Global Poverty Group, who gave an eye-opening presentation on extreme poverty. She gave a fascinating presentation which provided some startling statistics, particularly on food, education and gender equality. One of the most shocking facts was that women are employed for two thirds […]

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Economics Forum

The second Marlborough College Economics Forum, which focused on the economics of the environment, was held in the Ellis Theatre on Tuesday 5th February.  After introductions by the Master, three leading environmental economists each spoke about a fascinating part of the field. Evan Williams, the Technical Director at AMEC Environment and Infrastructure UK and a former […]

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