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Field Society visit to Stonehenge, 28 September 1895.

The following account of a visit made by Sherborne School’s Field Society to Stonehenge on 28 September 1895 was published in The Shirburnian (November 1895):

‘On Saturday, September 28th the Field Society made an expedition to Stonehenge.  An expedition had been suggested in the summer term but had been crowded out by […]

The Bow Bequest

This week Sherborne Foundation is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Bow Society.

But who were Charlie & Louisa Bow?   Find out by following the link to Newell Grange and the Bow Bequest

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The Shirburnian cover story

In the 1920s MGM brought Technicolor to the world of film and in the late 1960s the BBC broadcast television programmes in colour for the first time, but it was not until July 1980 that colour images appeared on the cover of The Shirburnian.

We are told that you should not judge […]

70th Anniversary of The Guinea Pig

On the 14 May 1948, the Boulting Brothers arrived at Sherborne to film The Guinea Pig.  This was the first of a number of films made at Sherborne School.

The film starred Richard Attenborough, Sheila Sim, Bernard Miles, Cecil Trouncer, Robert Flemyng and Joan Hickson.

During their stay in Sherborne, the cast […]

Celebrating Shirburnians: Clive Carey

The 30 April 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of the baritone, opera producer, composer and folk song collector, Clive Carey (1883-1968).

Francis Clive Savill Carey, known throughout his life as Clive Carey, was born on 30 May 1883 at Sible Hedingham in Essex.  He attended King’s College choir school, Cambridge, and […]

A Testament of Truth: Charles Hudson and Vera Brittain

Charles Hudson (The Green, 1905-1910) was Sherborne’s highest decorated soldier of WW1. His actions as a platoon commander at the Battle of the Somme in 1916 had resulted in him being awarded a Military Cross and a French Croix de Guerre. In 1917, he again distinguished himself at both Messines […]

Celebrating the Matrons of the School San

International Women’s Day 2018 celebrates the achievements of women in all walks of life.  Today, we honour the unsung heroines of the School Sanatorium – the women who for over 130 years have cared for the boys of Sherborne School.

When one Matron of the San retired in 1924, the following tribute […]

Sherborne School’s Welsh Connection

When Hugo Daniel Harper (1821-1895) was appointed headmaster of Sherborne School in 1850 he brought with him 30 pupils from his former school, Cowbridge Grammar School in the Vale of Glamorgan, including Lewis Morris who went on to became a famous poet of the Anglo-Welsh school.

Harper, a graduate […]

Sherborne’s & the fight for women’s suffrage

To celebrate the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act (which gave the vote to women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification) we look here at the role local women played in the campaign for women’s suffrage: […]

Suffragette Soup?

From 1890 to 1893, the Dorset Suffragette Evelina Haverfield (1867-1920) lived at West Hall, an Elizabethan manor house at Folke near Sherborne, Dorset.  Three years earlier, in February 1887, Evelina (née Scarlett) had married Major Henry Wykeham Brook Tunstall Haverfield RA (1846-1895) and by 1890 they had two sons, John […]