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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.

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Love is in the air? But maybe not at Sherborne School…

Ravens are believed to mate for life, but the ravens of Sherborne School were anything but romantic!

Find out about Morloch the raven and his successive wives – he was suspected of murdering at least one of them – ‘Nevermore!’ The Ravens of Sherborne School

Alan Turing voted the BBC Icons Greatest Person of the 20th Century.

Muhammad Ali, David Bowie, Martin Luther King junior, Nelson Mandela, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Shackleton, and Alan Turing were the finalists named in the BBC Icons series celebrating individuals who have made the greatest contribution to the 20th century. At the live final held on 5 February […]

Burns Night v. Barnes Night

On the 25 January, the birthday of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, will be celebrated around the world.  For some years now there has been a growing feeling that an English poet should likewise be honoured.

But which English poet’s work similarly combines dialect verse with a strong sense of place?  Perhaps the […]

Philip Kelland: the 1st OS Fellow of the Royal Society

On 6 December 1838, Philip Kelland (1808-1879) was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society, the first of five Old Shirburnians to be elected FRS.

Born at Dunster in Somerset on 17 October 1808 to the Rev. Philip Kelland (c.1774-1847), rector of Dunster, and Rachael (née Fish) (c.1778-1837), he attended Sherborne School […]

The first team photograph of the 1st XV

In December 1868, the very first team photograph was taken of Sherborne School’s 1st XV.

The taking of the team photograph was indicative of an increased interest being taken at Sherborne in the game.  It was even suggested that boys were now taking as much interest in the rugby football as in […]

The 80th Anniversary of the Kindertransport

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport, or Children’s Transport, the name given to the rescue movement which between December 1938 and September 1939 arranged for some 10,000 mostly Jewish children being brought to Britain from Nazi Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia. Three of these children were taken in by Sherborne School.

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