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The Ascension Day holiday

The Christian festival of The Feast of the Ascension is held the 40th day of Easter and commemorates the ascension of Jesus into heaven 39 days after resurrection on Easter Sunday.

English customs associated with Ascension Day included the beating of the parish bounds, well dressing, and the planting of the ‘Penny […]

The empire on which the sun never sets.

Empire Day was celebrated in Britain and her colonies on the 24th May (Queen Victoria’s birthday). Although the date had been celebrated in the colonies from as early as 1902, it was not until 1916 that the date was recognised officially as an annual event by the British Government.

In 1935, Old Shirburnian and […]

Celebrating Shirburnians: Arthur Carr

The 21st May 2017 marks the 124th anniversary of the birth of the England Test cricketer, Arthur William Carr (1893-1963).

Arthur Carr arrived at Sherborne School in September 1907, aged fourteen, having briefly attended Eton College, from where he was expelled for idleness.  While at Sherborne Carr was a member of the 1st XI […]

Arthur Carr: The Rise & Fall of Nottingham’s Bodyline Captain

Arthur Carr The Rise & Fall of Nottinghamshires Bodyline Captain by Peter WynneThomasA new biography of one of Sherborne’s finest cricketers, A.W. Carr, is now available from Chequered Flag Publishing

In Arthur Carr: The Rise and Fall of Nottinghamshire’s Bodyline Captain, Peter Wynne-Thomas […]

Researcher explores 1924 expedition to the Canadian Sub-Arctic

Modern day explorer Carsten Iwers has this week been carrying out research in the Sherborne School Archives into an expedition made through the Canadian Sub-Arctic in 1924/25 by Old Shirburnian James Critchell Bullock (Lyon House 1913-1916).  In 1950, Critchell Bullock donated to Sherborne School a collection of diaries, letters and photographs made during […]

House Histories

Abbeylands, c.1900Histories of Sherborne School’s current and former boarding houses are now available online.

They include, where available, copies of the house photographs for each year, but there are gaps in our collections that we need your help to fill.  If you have any […]

Celebrating Shirburnians: Peter Twiss OBE

Peter TwissOn 10 March 1956, Old Shirburnian Peter Twiss (1921-2011) became the first man to fly faster than 1,000 mph.

Twiss, who attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) from 1935 to 1938, was a test pilot for Fairey Aviation and broke the World absolute air speed […]

International Women’s Day: an historical perspective

‘Even a Public School might be a little better for having two or three very carefully chosen women on the staff’

For 390 years, Sherborne School was a bastion of maleness with the boys being taught by a teaching staff made up entirely of men.  This all changed in 1941 with the […]

Westcott House Photographs

Westcott House photographs.

Can you help fill the gaps in our collection? Contact the School Archivist.

The Digby House Photographs

The Digby House photographs.

Can you help fill the gaps in our collection? Contact the School Archivist.