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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Medawar Scholars’ Annual Lecture

On the 29th of January we were very privileged to invite Giles Richardson to Marlborough to give the annual Medawar Lecture as well as the Scholars’ Workshop. Giles was in B1 house from 1997 until 2002; once he left Marlborough he went to Durham University to read Archaeology and Ancient History. After a master’s degree […]

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Gavin Knight: Hood Rat

This week the Literary and Journalism Society welcomed Gavin Knight, journalist and author of “Hood Rat” to speak in the Adderley about his documentation of inner city gang cultures in Manchester, London and Glasgow. Knight provided a fascinating insight into what it takes to be an investigative journalist. With stories of 10-year-old drug dealers being […]

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Protecting coral reefs & enriching local communities

Biology and Geography Society talk by Tristan Brown, Head of Operations, Coral Cay Conservation Nearly 50 pupils listened to Tristan Brown talking about the value and the threats to coral reefs around the world. Reefs support over 25% of all marine species; less than 20% of these species have so far been described by science. […]

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Ian Adam: The Changing Nature of Conflict

On November 27th the Politics Society hosted Ian Adam (father of Libby NC L6) for the second year running to give his presentation on the changing nature of conflict and weapons of mass destruction. As one of the authors of the highly acclaimed MOD publication ‘Global Strategic Trends’, Ian has unique military expertise. With a state […]

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8th Annual Blackett Science Lecture

Professor Mike Kendall, Professor of Seismology and Head of the School of Earth Sciences at Bristol University and President of the British Geophysical Association gave an excellent lecture on Tectonic rifting and similarities and differences between Earth and Mars to a good audience of pupils and Friends of the Marlborough telescope. The talk took us […]

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Jacob Polley Guest Poet Video

The Poetry Society was delighted to host the launch of Jacob Polley’s latest book The Havocs. Jacob ran a workshop for members of the Poetry Society, as well as giving a reading of some of his poems in Adderley in the evening. It was a fantastic day enjoyed by all those attended, and offered a […]

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Natural History and Biology Society

The first talk of the year was given by Dr. Ruth Tingay who spoke on the subject of “Eagle Research and Conservation around the World”. Dr Tingay opened by describing the characteristic features of eagles and she explained how the International Union for Conservation of Nature categorises species according to the degree to which they […]

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Dunford Lecture

This year, the Dunford Lecture, was given by Sir Steve Redgrave; five time Olympic gold medallist and Britain’s Greatest Olympian.  The talk had been much anticipated by the whole school and certainly lived up to expectations. It was not only inspiring but also hugely stimulating and interesting to everyone, athlete or not. After watching a […]

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‘Illicit’ the Dark side of Globalisation

This week the Politics Department was delighted to host award winning documentary maker Helen Fitzwilliam. She addressed a packed Ellis Theatre about the dark side of globalisation before showing her film ‘Illicit’. The documentary outlined in vivid detail how globalisation has allowed gangs and traffickers to become far more connected, leading to the development of […]

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Martin Sixsmith Talks to the History and Russian Societies

Martin Sixsmith visited the College on Thursday 20 September and lectured in the Ellis Theatre to 100 pupils from the History and Russian Departments. Martin is known to many as the former BBC correspondent in Moscow at the end of the Cold War. Years of experience of living in Moscow and researching Russia has given […]

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Politics Society ‘Why the EU is Doomed to fail’

Dan Hannan, Conservative MEP for South East England, was a much anticipated speaker partially due to the overriding unanswered question a majority of students had of ‘how can this man be a Eurosceptic with the word “European” in his job title?’. In a Q&A style format with Mr. Gow, Hannan provided engaging insights into his […]

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The Everest Lecture

The second annual Everest lecture in honour of mountaineer OM Lord John Hunt (C2 1924-28) and other Old Marlburians on the successful expedition of 1953 was given by Adele Eastman, fiancée of OM Tom ap Rhys Pryce (B1 1988-93). Tom was tragically robbed and killed, aged 31, as he walked home from a London Tube […]

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Lord Boateng Lecture

“Lord Boateng gave the 30th Marlborough Brandt Lecture on Thursday 3 May in the Memorial Hall at Marlborough College. Paul Boateng was welcomed by the Master and introduced by Lord Joffe, one-time human rights lawyer who defended Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia Trial in South Africa in 1963. The Marlborough Brandt Lecture was first instituted […]

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Economics Conference

Throughout the day, sixth form economists were exposed to the economics that often escapes the syllabus such as development economics and globalisation’s role in the financial crisis and the future of the UK economy. The diversity of the lectures and the novelty of their subjects helped to stimulate interest throughout the day. The first lecture […]

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“Why MPs Matter” A Talk By Claire Perry

On Thursday March 1st, Claire Perry, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Devizes, of which Marlborough town and the College are part of, gave a presentation in the Garnett room on “Why MPs Matter”. This tied in well with the Lower Sixth, AS level politics syllabus which has units on Parliament and democracy. Mrs Perry […]

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“What Makes a Pressure Group Successful?”

Charlotte Hitchmough from Action for the River Kennet, or ARK,  gave an inspiring talk entitled “What Makes a Pressure Group Successful” to the Politics Society. She covered the many different aspects of ARK’s work; a small, outsider, local pressure group working valiantly to protect the beautiful chalk stream that so many of us walk past […]

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