Review: Professor Geoff Quilley

On the first full evening of term, Professor Quilley, an expert on British Art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and former Curator of Paintings at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, addressed the History of Art Society on the subject of Art and Empire.  Professor Quilley explained how the colonial enterprise of the time […]

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Review: The Lent Event

Daf Meirion-Jones (PR 1983-88) was a student at Marlborough in the 1980s.  After leaving school, he captained the England schoolboys’ rugby team, studied Geography at Cambridge University, taught at Wellington College and was then ordained as a priest in the Church of England.   At the end of February, he returned to his schoolboy haunt here […]

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History Department Events

Any impartial, unbiased, and balanced historical view of the History Department’s events this term would find it necessary to acknowledge that we were extremely fortunate to be visited by two most impressive and interesting speakers, Professor Robert Tombs (from Cambridge) and Jonathan Parish (from NATO). Their visits formed the icing on the cake of a […]

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Speaker: Professor Robert Winston

Professor Robert Winston delivered the inaugural Medawar Lecture on Tuesday 1st March, marking the 101st year since Nobel Laureate, Peter Medawar’s (B2 1928-32) birth.  Winston was a fitting choice, given the biological foundations both of his own and Medawar’s work. Winston referred to Medawar several times during the evening, calling him as ‘one of the […]

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Review: Rory Knight Bruce

So how do you get ahead in journalism?  We were fortunate enough to have Rory Knight Bruce come to the College to talk about the profession and his career. Mr Knight Bruce has had a varied career writing for a number of newspapers and magazines, including Country Life and the Evening Standard. Rory made it clear that […]

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Review: Dr Kevin Lin OBE

Last Friday night, Marlborough had the honour of hosting Dr Kevin Lin OBE, the founder of KL Communications and a world specialist in Chinese and English interpreting.  Dr Lin is the lead interpreter for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and has acted as interpreter for Her Majesty the Queen and four successive Prime Ministers. He […]

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Review: Dr Catriona Murray

Art in the Service of Power: Representation and Reality in the Tudor and Stuart Courts The History of Art Society was delighted to welcome Dr Catriona Murray, from the Department of Art History at the University of Edinburgh, on Wednesday 24th February. Dr Murray had made the long journey from Scotland specifically to be with […]

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OM visits Literary Society

Claire Lowdon (MO 1998-2003) spoke in Adderley to an appreciative Literary Society audience about the writing of her first novel, Left of the Bang, which one reviewer has called ‘the definitive novel of a generation of Londoners’.   Her talk, on Tuesday evening, about the craft of writing was compelling, generous and candid – a fascinating insight […]

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Review: Dick Moore

In the week that the government renewed its commitment to support early mental health diagnosis and intervention, as well as increased funding and research, Dick Moore once again visited the College to speak to the Hundred.  The subject of his talk: “Dancing, not Drowning, in the Rain”, encouraged pupils to focus on good emotional and […]

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Review: Dr Janneke Blokland

Dr Janneke Blokland gave a talk on ‘Particle Physics in a Nutshell’ on Tuesday 9th February, aimed at the Sixth Form and budding Hundred studying Physics.  Having looked at our course specification, she aimed to solidify and expand upon the material we will cover on very basic quantum physics – she explained the nature of […]

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Review: Eamonn Gearon & Harriet Baldwin MP

The Politics Society has hosted two speakers in the first half of term. The first saw the return of Eamonn Gearon, a leading world expert in Middle Eastern affairs who last visited the College in 2011 to speak on the Arab Spring.  This time he continued the narrative by explaining why the aforementioned revolution had […]

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Review: Emma Cole

Upper School received a talk about HIV from Positive Voice activist Emma Cole on Thursday 4th February.  Emma Cole was diagnosed with HIV in 1991 and she has chosen to speak publicly about living with HIV for over 24 years. She spoke openly and frankly about her diagnosis and the enormous impact it has had on her […]

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Review: Dr Jacqueline Cockburn

There was a full house on Wednesday evening as the History of Art Society welcomed Dr Jacqueline Cockburn to Marlborough.  Dr Cockburn, the former Chief Examiner for the Cambridge Pre-U in Art History, and co-author of the syllabus, has recently retired as Head of History of Art at Westminster School. She now is a freelance […]

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Review: Leon McCarron

Leon McCarron, adventurer and filmmaker, gave two thoroughly inspiring and thought-provoking Geography Society lectures to nearly 500 pupils on Thursday 21st January on recent Iranian and Chinese journeys.  He spoke about his 2014 five-week Iranian journey along the Karun river, from the snowy Zagros mountains down to the coast and included clips from his latest […]

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Review: The Chemistry of Wine

Mr Luke Bartlett is Head of Science at Uppingham School. He came to Marlborough on Tuesday to give a talk on The Chemistry of Wine.  After briefly introducing himself he posed the question ‘Was wine discovered or invented?’ He suggested that it was discovered. Such is the nature of the sugary juice in a grape […]

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Review: Richard Pembroke

The Economics and Business Society welcomed Richard Pembroke (B1 1985-90), a successful entrepreneur, on Thursday 14th January when he gave a talk titled, ‘Exploding the Myths of Entrepreneurship’.  The packed audience was taken on a whistle-stop tour of his career and let into some of the trade secrets along the way, allowing us all to […]

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Review: Natural History and Biology Society talk

The Natural History and Biology Society was treated to a superb lecture on Thursday evening by University of Gloucestershire Professor of Science Communication, Adam Hart and wildlife photographer, Mr Ayub Amin. The talk, entitled “How insects say a lot without making a sound” initially focused on leaf cutter ants, describing how they feed on a […]

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Renaissance Art in Venice

On Wednesday 9th December, Charlie Hall from John Hall Venice, the long-established art history travel specialists, addressed Marlborough’s Art Historians on the subject of Renaissance Art in Venice.  He spoke about the transitions in style and handling between Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese, and emphasised the qualities of their work that arose from their […]

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Review: Tim Harrison

Tim Harrison – University of Bristol, School of Chemistry (A HEFCE Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)) Our friend and colleague Tim Harrison, delivered this year’s Christmas Chemistry Lecture entitled ‘Gases in the Air’ to an excited audience in the Memorial Hall of our own Shell, together with visitors from St Francis, Cheam […]

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Polar traveller visits Marlborough

Alex Hibbert, the world record-holding polar traveller, visited the College on Tuesday evening. He gave a talk to pupils and beaks in a packed Ellis Theatre, discussing his successful world record unsupported polar journey on skis across Greenland and his 2,000 miles with dog teams on another visit to Northern Greenland. Hibbert has skied further […]

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Blackett Science Lecture

Professor Donald Kurtz, Vice-President Royal Astronomical Society and Astrophysics Department at University of Central Lancashire delivered the 11th Blackett Science lecture on ‘Planets and Pulsations’ on Tuesday 24th November.  The concept of Asteroseismology was clearly explained with the basic physics of waves and with inspiring animations and ‘sounds’ of the stars, the audience was effortlessly […]

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