Review: David Edwards

David Edwards gave a series of four Geography lectures on Thursday 3rd November.  The Remove and Hundred enjoyed a talk on exploring the Grand Canyon and a Climate Change update; the Shell were fascinated by their talk on Antarctica, the U6 were challenged by a tectonic Island comparison of Iceland and Montserrat and the L6 […]

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Dunford Lecture: Clare Balding

It was a great privilege to welcome Clare Balding to give the Dunford Lecture on Tuesday 4th October 2016.   Clare is currently one of the most high-profile sports journalists and presenters; as she spent the summer in Rio as the main anchor-woman of the Olympic and Paralympic games, we were particularly looking forward to asking […]

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Galactic Archaeology

On Friday 30th September Marlborough was delighted to welcome Dr Payel Das from Oxford University for a Science Department Talk. Dr Das began to specialise in astrophysics from her fourth year at Oxford and obtained her PhD through her thesis into orbital structures and dark matter distributions within the outer regions of elliptical galaxies. She […]

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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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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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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: 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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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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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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Review: Professor Peter Atkins

Professor Peter Atkins delivered a lecture on Tuesday 10th May on how scientific discovery in the 19th century led to the world we see today – think of Faraday, Maxwell, Darwin.  It is often forgotten that the Victorian era held some of the greatest scientific discoveries which allowed science to mature into a respected subject. […]

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Review: Paul Chapman

It was a huge pleasure for both the Politics and History of Art Societies to host Paul Chapman, nationally renowned Art Historian and permanent curator of the Longford Castle art collection.  Paul was invited to share his expertise on Art in Politics and to explain the relationship between these two disciplines with reference to a […]

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Review: Jeremy Hunter

Earlier this term the Politics Society was privileged to host a visiting lecture on “Life inside North Korea” by photojournalist and former TV documentary maker Jeremy Hunter.  Armed with numerous high quality slides depicting many different aspects of the strange world inside the hermit state, Jeremy held the audience enraptured by his personal narrative of his […]

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Review: Jeremy Thomas

‘Sanity in an Insane World’ – Jeremy Thomas talks to the U6  On Wednesday 27th April we had the privilege of hearing Jeremy Thomas speak about his experience with bipolar disorder, addressing the subject in an informative and light-hearted way.  One of the most engaging aspects of this talk was that Jeremy was speaking from […]

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Review: Dr Alessandro Mottura

Birmingham University’s Dr Alessandro Mottura, a Lecturer in Physical Metallurgy, visited Marlborough to speak about Science and Engineering on Thursday 21st April. He studied Engineering at Imperial College, London, before moving to UCSB to carry out his post-doctoral research. He now specializes in the computer modelling of advanced alloys. In his talk he focused on the […]

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Review: Ione Wells

Martha Cotterell (CO L6), Tatiana Farquhar (NC L6) and Lottie Brousse (MO L6) review the Personal Safety talk by Ione Wells (EL 2008-13), held on Wednesday 20th April, as part of the Upper Sixth programme… An evening out. A few drinks. Catching the last tube home. A short walk. You turn onto your street. Footsteps […]

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Review: Jeremy Hunter

On 19th April 2016, Marlborough College was lucky enough to welcome Jeremy Hunter to give a presentation regarding his 10-day expedition to North Korea in 2011.  Hunter is a world-renowned photojournalist who has captured images exploring the lives and cultures all around the world. His successful career began in advertising and he became more interested […]

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Review: Ione Wells

On Wednesday the Upper Sixth had the pleasure of listening to Old Marlburian Ione Wells (EL 2007-2013) speak on the topic of personal safety.  Ione was the subject of an assault in April last year, which took place on the very street where she lives in London. As a result, she has taken a keen […]

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