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Sherborne School & the Bledisloe Cup

In 1931, Charles Bathurst 1st Viscount Bledisloe (1867-1958), an Old Shirburnian and then Governor-General of New Zealand, donated a cup for the national Rugby Union teams of Australia and New Zealand to compete for.  Over 80 years later, New Zealand’s All Blacks and Australia’s Wallabies still compete for the Bledisloe Cup, which remains […]

Studying climate change in Sherborne

A series of charts recording the weather in Sherborne between 1874 and 1886 have been digitised and are now available online.

The daily readings taken from a weather station at Sherborne School reveal the temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, ozone and rainfall during a period known as the Agricultural […]

The Treaty of Versailles & the Shirburnian War Artist

On 28 June 1919, the Treaty of Versailles, the peace treaty that officially ended the First World War, was signed in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.  Although the conference was attended by representatives of nearly thirty nations, the treaty was essentially written by ‘The Big Four’, France, Britain, Italy and the USA.


Save our Atlas Press!

To celebrate the 160th anniversary of the publication in 1859 of the first issue of The Shirburnian, Sherborne School’s Art Department are appealing for help to restore to working order the Atlas Press that was originally used for proofing the magazine.

The School’s Art Department would love to continue the Atlas Press’s […]

Strong Women of Sherborne

Throughout history the women of Sherborne have made huge contributions to life in the town and beyond.  These pioneers of the past have shaped the world we live in today.

Find out more about these Strong Women of Sherborne.

Posted 20 June 2019 by […]

Sherborne’s D-Day hero: Lieutenant Ambrose Austin

A.T.W. AustinWe remember the only Old Shirburnian known to have died during the Normandy Airborne landings on D-Day: Ambrose Theodore Wentworth Austin (Lyon 37-41).

Having first joined the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, in 1944 Lieutenant Austin transferred to the 12th (Green Howards) Parachute Battalion.

During the Normandy Airborne landings […]

Shirburnians and The Boat Race

The 165th annual Boat Race between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge takes place this year on the 7 April. The 2018 Men’s Boat Race was won by Cambridge by 3 lengths in a time of 17 minutes 51 seconds, but who will triumph this […]

75th anniversary of The Great Escape

On 24 March 1944, a 21 year-old Shirburnian was the youngest man to take part in the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III POW camp.

Find out more about Tony Bethell’s Great Escape.

Posted 23 March 2019 by Sherborne School Archives.

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Celebrating 160 years of The Shirburnian

The first issue of The Shirburnian was published 160 years ago in March 1859.

It was devised as ‘an outlet for its wit, and also an easy means of printing all its News, both as regards those of us who are here and those who have left’, and today remains the School’s main publication […]

Hymns Ancient & Modern

In 1859, a hymn book entitled Psalms and Hymns for the use of the Chapel of King’s School was produced for use at Sherborne School. This was replaced in 1874 by a joint Uppingham-Sherborne hymn book and in 1888 by Hymns for the use of Sherborne School.

Find […]