Review: Hannah Mills

Hannah Mills, a 470 class sailor with Olympic gold and silver medals, visited Marlborough on Sunday 15th April to speak to members of the College about her career journey so far and her commitment to becoming the most successful female sailor in the world. Hannah’s first Olympic experience took place in London in 2012 where […]

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Life After Marlborough

The Life after Marlborough lecture series came to a close on Wednesday 11th April with seven OMs coming back to give the Upper Sixth an insight into university life. Some very interesting points were raised, one of which was that there is an opportunity of studying in Ireland for almost a third of the price […]

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Medawar Lecture Review

On Tuesday 6th February we held the annual Medawar Lecture. The lecture, named after Nobel Prize winner Professor Sir Peter Medawar (B2 1928-32), was given by Professor Dame Athene Donald, FRS, Master of Churchill College, Cambridge, recipient of numerous world-renowned awards for her work on soft matter physics, and also her work in raising awareness […]

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Bristol: City of the Future

Ten outstanding Hundred Geographers and Mr Richards entertain our distinguished visiting speaker, James Durie, CEO Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative, invited to speak to 240 GCSE Geographers on ‘Bristol: City of the Future’. Our pupils were fascinated by his vision for the future of this amazing city. The £31 billion economy is the best […]

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Review: Mound Trust Lecture

“The History of William Marshall,” was this year’s annual Mound Trust lecture, given by Mr Bryant, an ex-drama teacher at Marlborough College who is now a translator of Medieval literature, such as Chretian de Troyes, late Arthurian Romances and The History of William Marshall: the oldest surviving biography of a Medieval knight.   “Welcome to […]

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Tonight: Mound Trust Annual Lecture

The Master of Marlborough College and the Trustees of The Marlborough Mound Trust invite you to the Marlborough Mound Trust Annual Lecture. Held in the Ellis Theatre on Monday 11th September 2017 (8pm), this year’s lecture will be Marlborough Castle and William Marshal – ‘the greatest knight who ever lived’ with the speaker Nigel Bryant. […]

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Video: Ralph Salmins

The College was very pleased to receive world-renowned percussionist and kit player, Ralph Salmins for a day of workshops, classes and one-to-one teaching.   Ralph is recognised as being one of the leading exponents in his field and his clear enthusiasm and love for his music was very evident to see as he put College pupils […]

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Review: Levon Biss

On Thursday 4th May, photographer Levon Biss gave a talk entitled ‘Microsculpture: the insect portraits of Levon Biss’.  Appealing to a mixture of biology and photography students, he talked about how he ended up taking astonishingly high resolution insect pictures. One of his images, as seen on the microsculpture website, can easily be printed at over […]

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Review: Professor Robert Bickers

On Friday 28th April, we were lucky enough to have Professor Robert Bickers from the University of Bristol give a talk on China’s 20th Century History and the Role of the West.  Not only is Professor Bickers a member of the Department of History and Historical Studies at the University of Bristol, but he is […]

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Review: Dr Brian Marien

Mental health is such an important part of everyday life, affecting over one in four of us at some point. The Upper Sixth were lucky enough to have a talk on Mental health by Dr Marien, a qualified doctor and psychologist from Positive Group, and the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. It was particularly interesting to […]

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History of Art Society: Tjalf Sparnaay

Reinventing Dutch Still Life Painting The College was honoured to welcome the Dutch artist Tjalf Sparnaay to address the History of Art Society on Thursday evening.  Tjalf is recognised worldwide as one of the leading still life painters active today, and his work has been exhibited to great critical acclaim in New York, London, and […]

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Poetry Society: Lily Winter

On Tuesday night, the Poetry Society hosted the young singer/songwriter Lily Winter who both taught and entertained us.   First she gave a workshop on the similarities and subtle differences between poems and song lyrics – and this was very much a personal view; then, in the Bradleian Theatre, she performed a set of her own […]

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Lower Sixth Careers Fair

The Lower Sixth Careers Fair on Thursday 16th March was very helpful. With accomplished professionals representing a wide range of fields from Medical Psychology to Investment Banking each pupil got an insight into three possible career paths. The meetings were structured into 35-minute seminars, as the visiting agent from each of these different professions gave […]

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Medawar Lecture: Henry Marsh CBE

Many of us were very much looking forward to the visit of Henry Marsh, and were keen to see if his personality matched that portrayed in his book, Do No Harm. It’s understandably difficult to appeal to an audience with such a variety of interests, as was the case on Tuesday evening. However, Mr Marsh included […]

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Review: Amir Darwish

Amir Darwish gave a reading to the Poetry Society on Tuesday 7th February.  He had come for the UK as a refugee from Aleppo during the second Gulf War, and this experience had informed much of his writing.  He gave a writing workshop to the Creative Writing students; then, to a huge audience packed into […]

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Review: Ralph Beckett

The talk by leading racehorse trainer, Ralph Beckett (C2 1985-89) drew an audience from devotees of the newly formed Racing Society as well as members of the Natural History and Biology Society.  Mr Beckett glossed over his less than stellar academic career at Marlborough, focusing instead on time spent riding out for Barry Hills at Manton, betting […]

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Review: Tim Harrison

Tim Harrison from the University of Bristol (School of Chemistry) visited Marlborough on Thursday 2nd February and lectured to members of our Shell on the Chemistry of Fragrances. We also welcomed pupils from St Michael’s, Aldbourne, Preshute, Ramsbury, and Great Bedwyn Primary Schools, Pinewood Prep School and Swindon Academy. Tim took us on a journey […]

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Review: Jane Austen At Home

Tuesday 24th January 2017, Adderley  Devised by Stephen Siddall and acted by Emerald O’Hanrahan This presentation of Jane Austen and her work was very interesting and original on many levels.  Many extracts of the author’s books, letters and stories were read and acted out by a single actress who portrayed the emotions of Austen very […]

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Review: Leon McCarron

Leon McCarron, film maker, writer and adventurer, visited Marlborough on Tuesday 24th January where he spoke to over 400 Marlburian Geographers about two of his recent journeys. The first was a 1,000 mile walk over five months in 2016 from Jerusalem to Mt Sinai, through the West Bank, Jordan and Sinai. He took us beyond […]

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Review: Ben Kane

Classics Society Talk: The Life of a Roman Centurion Ben Kane, best-selling author of the Forgotten Legion trilogy and Spartacus series, gave a fascinating talk to the Shell on Thursday 17th November. His talk was about the life of a Roman legionary, encouraging the audience to examine his collection of beautifully crafted military equipment, from […]

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Review: Dr Victoria Blackmore

Recreating the Big Bang: Accelerators for High Energy Physics – Dr Victoria Blackmore, Imperial College, London In her talk on Tuesday 8th November, Dr Blackmore covered a variety of very interesting topics regarding her field of research: accelerator physics. These included a fascinating introduction to sub-atomic particles like photons, muons and neutrinos and their properties […]

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