Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Concert

To mark the tenth anniversary of the tragic death of Tom ap Rhys Pryce (B1 1988-93) a collaborative concert featuring Marlborough College Music Scholars, Old Marlburians and special guests was drawn together which proved a fitting occasion for a very special person. The first half of the concert featured Marlborough College Music Scholars (Tom himself […]

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Starfish Film Preview

On Friday 30th September, the film Starfish, written and directed by Bill Clark, who introduced this special preview for Marlborough College, was shown for pupils and members of the public in the Memorial Hall.  Based on a true story, the film is about a family who undergo the terrible trauma of this devastating illness when they […]

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Review: Martha Holmes

On Thursday, the Natural History and Biology Society was treated to a superb lecture by Martha Holmes, series producer of the BBC’s ground-breaking wildlife documentary Life which took four years to make.  Pupils were given a rare insight into the enormous challenges involved in producing ten hours of footage of the behaviour of animals from all corners […]

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Review: Professor Christopher Andrew

On Wednesday and Thursday the History Department was fortunate enough to be visited by Professor Christopher Andrew, the official Historian of MI5 and an eminent and remarkable scholar based at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge.  He gave a splendid lecture in the Garnett Room on Wednesday evening, which was attended by nigh on 200 pupils […]

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Live Reptiles & Wildlife Photography

Mr Ayub Khan, a renowned photographer and wildlife expert came to speak to the Shell this afternoon bringing with him several of his pet reptiles.  Ayub addressed the year group with stories about his travels and interest the Natural World, before introducing the students to a number of his lizards (including a Chinese Water Dragon) […]

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Evening Pupils’ Recital

The first major recital of the term was an Evening Pupils’ Recital, which ostensibly served as a ‘dry run’ for forthcoming major public performances for Music Scholars.   A concert of predominantly ambitious chamber music so early in the school year (just three weeks in) is a potentially dangerous occasion, particularly when considering that many of […]

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European Day of Languages

26th September is the European Day of Languages, an event we marked by inviting Year 8 students from several local schools to compete in a Languages Quiz.  Which country has the most native speakers of Spanish? What would a Mancunian do with a ‘chuddy’? What proportion of the world’s languages are estimated to disappear by […]

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Professor Tim Whitmarsh

Tim Whitmarsh, Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge and author of Battling the Gods, proposes an alternative view of the performance of the Homeric poems.  The traditional approach is based around Odyssey Book 8 where the bard Demodocus is summoned to provide after-dinner entertainment at the palace of King Alcinous, singing stories […]

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Introduction to Irish Literature

Members of the Literary Society crowded into the newly refurbished North Block 5 on Tuesday evening at 5.30pm for an Introduction to Irish Literature. All those studying Pre-U Literature in English in the Lower Sixth attended, accompanied by some interested enthusiasts from the year above. In place of the advertised speaker (who was unfortunately unable […]

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SKRUM Charity Visit

Michael and Linda Collinson, the Founders of SKRUM (Swazi Kids Rugby Mission), visited the College last night to discuss potential GAP year opportunities with our senior pupils.   SKRUM educates young Swazis about HIV/AIDS and Gender Violence through the core values of Rugby; teamwork, respect, sportsmanship. Marlborough has been working in partnership with SKRUM since 2008 […]

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Modern Languages after Marlborough

Last Friday we were delighted to welcome back to the College three recent OMs, all of whom have taken their Modern Language studies further since leaving Marlborough, and all of whom are now gaining success through their language skills. The evening of presentations to the current Upper School modern linguists began with an illustration of […]

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Review: Wolf Hall Live!

This year’s concert series got off to a flying start on Sunday evening as Marlborough was treated to a visit by one of the UK’s finest and most renowned composers.  Classic FM Composer in Residence Debbie Wiseman MBE boasts over 200 film and television soundtracks to her name including Stephen Fry’s America, Dickensian, and most recently Wolf […]

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Review: Tim Oakley

Mr Tim Oakley, father of Claire (LI 1999-01) and Sophie Oakley (LI 2001-03), gave a talk for Geographers in the Memorial Hall on Thursday 22nd September.  The talk, for pupils in the Remove and Hundred, was on his Royal Geographical Society-sponsored 2016 heroic replication of Roald Amundsen’s epic 1905 winter dog sled journey from Herschel […]

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Review: Gerard Evenden

The History of Art Society at Marlborough College was honoured to be addressed by expert architect Gerard Evenden in a talk entitled “Designing Canary Wharf Underground Station.” Mr Evenden, senior executive partner of Foster & Partners Architects, masterminded construction of the award-winning 300-metre Canary Wharf Underground Station, built within the hollow of the former West […]

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Wiltshire U14 Cup Winners

The Wiltshire U14 Cricket Cup Final took place on Tuesday 20th September. The Remove replayed their 2016 U14 Wiltshire Final following two rain cancellations in June. A convincing 163 run victory over Warminster meant the Junior Colts were crowned county champions and qualify for the U15 National Lord’s Taverners knock out competition next season. There […]

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Blog: Strength and Conditioning

With a busy summer preparing profiles, pupil data, new systems and training plans ahead the start of term has been an exciting time for the Strength and Conditioning department. There have also been two new additions of staff to the team enabling wholesale implementation of S&C throughout the school.  The Strength and Conditioning team’s first […]

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Mill Mead Charity Challenge

On Sunday 18th September, 73 Mill Mead girls completed the ‘Pretty Muddy’ Race for Life at Bath Racecourse in aid of Cancer Research UK.   They were joined by five House Tutors, the Dame along with Housemistress Danielle Lilley who also took part. The whole team successfully navigated the mud-covered, 5k obstacle course in support […]

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Review: Mound Trust Lecture

The annual Mound Trust Lecture took place in Ellis Theatre on the evening of Monday 12th September.   This year the annual mound lecture was brought to us by Brian Dix who spoke “of Snails and Toads; Archaeology of Mounts and Grottoes”. Mr Brian Dix is an expert in Garden Archaeology and has held a […]

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Medical Successes

Medical places are notoriously hard to win, and successes really deserve to be announced in the same breath as Oxbridge, as only very high achievers apply and they then battle for selection against odds of ten applications to one place.  Six Marlburians are to be congratulated this year for winning in the face of such […]

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Artist in Residence Exhibition

‘Resident Tourist’ an exhibition by new Artist in Residence Timothy Betjeman opens Friday 16th September. The preview evening takes place in the Mount House Gallery from 7pm. About Timothy Betjeman Born in New York City in 1982 and based in London since 2006, Betjeman studied Visual Art and Philosophy at the University of Chicago (BA) […]

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Gerard Evenden

Gerard Evenden, Senior Partner from Foster & Partners, Architects, and project leader of many famous international architectural landmarks visited Marlborough on Wednesday 14th September.  He gave a talk to pupils and his theme was his leading role in the design of the Canary Wharf Underground Station which the Pre-U art historians study as an outstanding […]

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