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Desert Island Discs castaways

desert-islandSince the first broadcast in 1942 of the BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs, twelve Old Shirburnians have been castaway and one has been castaway twice!

The castaways’ music selections reveal that J.S. Bach and Mozart are Shirburnians classical composers of choice.  As for their […]

Alec Waugh’s postcard from Mainz

the-doom-of-youth-prisoner-of-mainz-1919-illustrated-by-captain-rt-rousselOn 6 April 1918, nine days after he had been captured by the German army, 2nd Lieutenant Alec Waugh wrote a postcard from Mainz POW Camp to a schoolmaster at Sherborne School.

Follow the link to find out what Alec wrote on his postcard from Mainz.

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We will remember them: 2nd Lt. Robert Vinter MC

Today, 31 October 2016, is the 100th anniversary of the death of Robert Bagster Wilson Vinter who died from the result of injuries received at the Somme.  Robert Vinter attended Sherborne School from 1909 to 1914, during which time he was Head of the School, Head of Abbey House, and had secured a […]

Remembering the First Day of the Battle of the Somme

Sherborne School War MemorialOn 1 July 2016, Sherborne School will commemorate eight of its former pupils who died in the fighting on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

To discover their stories visit The First Day of the Battle of the Somme: We Will […]

Who Put the Buck into Buck’s Fizz?

Bucks FizzAn Old Shirburnian, of course!

Follow this link to find out Who Put the Buck into Buck’s Fizz?

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Posted 27 June 2016 by Sherborne School Archives.

Arab Springs & Parallel Bars

Photographs of the School Gym Squad dating from 1920 to 1970 are now available online.

Notable former members of the School Gym Squad include Christopher Chataway (1947 & 1948 Gym Squad) who went on to become a record-breaking athlete and set the pace for Roger Bannister’s sub-four minute mile.  Another member, John Cordingley (1933 & […]

‘One of the last true cavalry charges’

Detail from 'The Dorset Yeomen at Agagia' by Lady Elizabeth Butler‘One of the last true cavalry charges’ is how the famous charge of the Dorset Yeomanry against a mixed Turkish and Senussi force in the Egyptian Western Desert has been described.  The battle took place 100 years […]

We’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather

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

The daily reading taken at a weather station located at Sherborne School reveal the temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, ozone and rainfall during a period known as the Agricultural Depression.

Between 1873 and 1896 a series of […]


The Carmen sung by the boys of Sherborne School (QR code link)

Sing the Sherborne School song along with the boys of Sherborne School by scanning the QR code (left) or by visiting: Carmen Saeculare, sung by the boys of Sherborne School (mp3).  Words below:



The King is Dead, Long Live the King!

80 years ago, on 20 January 1936, King George V died and his son Edward VIII succeeded to the throne.  Edward’s reign was to last just 10 months.  As Prince of Wales, Edward VIII visited Sherborne School in 1923.

Read about the Prince’s visit to Sherborne.

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