Britain is defined by how it remembers World War One

This article by Daniel Hannan (BH 1984-89), originally appeared in The Sunday Telegraph on 11 November 2018. We will remember them. But the way we remember them will keep shifting, saying more about us than about them. As individuals, and as a nation, we are forever bringing our memory of the First World War into alignment […]

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Review: The OM War Poets

The talent and tragedy of the OM war poets is spoken of a lot within the school and for good reason. Charles Hamilton Sorley (C1 1908-15) and Siegfried Sassoon (CO 1902-04) pioneered a new genre of wartime poetry, poems that spoke less of the glory of sacrifice made for one’s country and more of the […]

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Review: Brian Anderson’s illustrated talk

The Memorial Hall Festival has been many things but perhaps one of the most persuasive aspects has been its variety. Brian Anderson’s brilliant illustrated talk which traced Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated attempt to cross Antarctica in 1914 and the amazing icebound drama that followed, was a great example of that variety and utterly fascinating with […]

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Review: Faith & the First World War

Pupils from Shell and Remove were joined by guests from the Town to listen to the Revd Canon Andrew Studdert-Kennedy (C3 1972-76) talking about his grandfather Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, better known as Woodbine Willie, as he was renowned for handing out ‘Woodbine’ cigarettes to the men in the trenches. For his bravery in being alongside […]

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Review: La Grande Illusion

Members of the public, pupils and Common Room were treated to a showing of Jean Renoir’s classic war film La Grande Illusion, along with a scholarly introduction given by Andrew Brown, on Tuesday evening as part of the Memorial Hall Festival. This cinematic masterpiece was considered timely on its initial release in 1937 and the […]

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Review: Walk and Talk

Upper Sixth Art Scholar, Nell Hargrove, looks back at the ‘Walk and Talk’ event in the Mount House Gallery by Edward Twohig, Head of Art.  On Monday evening, Mr Twohig took an eager audience on a ‘Walk & Talk’ around the Mount House Gallery. We were presented with an engaging story of art from 1918, […]

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Review: Stuart Pearce

In something of an unusual departure from my normal musical activities I had the pleasure of interviewing England football legend Stuart Pearce as part of the Memorial Hall Festival events. I’ve known Stuart for over a decade which made the process of interviewing him a relaxed and convivial occasion, as we were able to trace […]

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Jeremy Black opens the Memorial Hall Festival

The Memorial Hall Festival opened with a blessing from the Senior Chaplain and a brief welcoming speech from the Master before the main attraction, which was a lecture by the renowned historian Jeremy Black on “Why commemorating the First World War is more important than ever”. Beginning by making reference to readings from actual diary’s […]

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Siobhán Humston: Creative Practice Talk

To introduce our Artist in Residence for 2018-19 to the College community, Canadian born Siobhán Humston presented a slideshow and discussed her practice as an interdisciplinary artist. Mostly involved with creating works from, and amongst, the natural world, Siobhán has undertaken a degree in Ireland, been chosen for residencies in New Zealand, USA, the Netherlands […]

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Review: MCCS Concert – John Lill

Where shall we start?  We could perhaps begin by saying that John Lill has given over 6,000 concerts in a very long and distinguished career, or maybe (and I quote) “I’m 74 now so I’m cutting back a bit these days, and I’m only going to tour Japan, China and Australia in the next few […]

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Review: Fashion and Media Careers Event

Susie Forbes, Principal of the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design in London, gave a detailed talk to our year groups recently. Gaining extensive editorial experience within the vibrant world of fashion and media for over 25 years led Susie to take up her role as Principle of Condé Nast College in 2011. Pupils […]

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Pupil Review: The Dunford Lecture

On Tuesday 18th September, Keith Gladstone came to give this year’s Dunford lecture to sports scholars, other pupils and staff on his life’s work as an osteopath. Following on from a drinks reception with the scholars, he began his talk, entitled ‘Athletic Health’, discussing firstly the role he had played in the World’s Strongest Man […]

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College Rare Books at the Literature Festival

Visitors to last weekend’s Marlborough Literary Festival were able to take a break from discussing the very latest in fiction and poetry as the College staged a presentation of some holdings from our Rare Books collection. The Keeper of Rare Books, Dr McKeown, gave a talk focusing mainly on first editions of works by Milton, […]

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Week Two: Sporting Reflections

The second matchday of the term brought new challenges in the shape of St Edward’s and Millfield for rugby and Clifton for girls’ hockey. The football boys faced Bedales and Lacrosse girls were in action at the Wiltshire and Dorset County Tournaments. It was wonderful to see the pupils in the 1st Rugby XV and […]

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Modern Languages after Marlborough

Three Old Marlburians returned to Marlborough on Friday 14th September, all of whom have taken their Modern Language studies further, and all of whom have enjoyed memorable experiences and professional opportunities through their language skills. The evening of presentations to the current Upper School modern linguists began with an illustration of how useful and employable […]

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Review: Bob Tait

At the end of Shell OA week, the pupils were given a presentation by Bob Tait on drugs, covering many aspects from the consumption of ‘socially acceptable drugs’, such as alcohol, to recent Law changes. The key points were: There is no such thing as a ‘safe drug’, despite many being socially acceptable. Actions have repercussions. […]

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Sermon: ‘Where are you staying?’

A sermon preached by the Rt Revd Dr Jo Bailey Wells at Marlborough College on the 175th Commemoration of its Foundation and on the 50th year since admitting women… 35 The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is […]

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Review: T. A. Cotterell

T. A. Cotterell, author of What Alice Knew came to speak at Marlborough on Friday 4th May about ‘Becoming an Author’; this was a fascinating insight into not only the process of writing, but also of the business of editing and marketing, and the reality of the modern publishing world. A far cry from the […]

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Peter Hall – Wasted Youth

ON Thursday 26th April the Remove attended a presentation by Peter Hall, from Wasted Youth. Peter spoke about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, but from a perspective that instantly caught the attention of the pupils. Firstly, he came from a very similar background to many of them: privately educated, a financially comfortable family, international […]

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The Master’s Sermon

As mentioned in Assembly on Wednesday, I have just returned from BCS Shimla in the Himalayas, a sister establishment to Marlborough College founded by George Cotton Bishop of Calcutta in 1859. He was the second Master of Marlborough from 1852-1858, and such a great success in getting the College going that he is one of […]

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