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The story of Firefly, one of the ‘Little Ships of Dunkirk’

Between the 27 May and 4 June 1940, 338,226 British and allied soldiers were evacuated from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk.  Codenamed ‘Operation Dynamo’, the evacuation was the mastermind of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay.  ‘The Ferryman’, a patriotic poem written by Sir Alan Patrick Herbert, celebrated the achievements of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay […]


Dunkirk posterThe 21 July 2017 sees the UK release of Christopher Nolan’s film, Dunkirk, starring Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Harry Styles.

Watch the Warner Bros. official trailer on youtube.

Between the 27 May and 4 June 1940, 338,226 British […]

Centenary of the publication of The Loom of Youth

Loom of Youth coversOn 19 July 1917, the London publishing firm Grant Richards published Alec Waugh’s first novel, The Loom of Youth.  The novel, which went on to become a best-seller, caused a great controversy at Sherborne School, with the result that Alec and his father resigned from […]

Laying the Corner Stone of School House

On 26 June 1860, the cornerstone of School House was laid by Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury.

The ceremonial silver trowel used on this occasion by the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury was later used by the 9th Earl of Shaftesbury at the laying of the cornerstone of the […]

Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, 1897

The 20 June 1897, marked the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne.  At Sherborne School there were discussions about how the School should celebrate the occasion.  Suggestions ranged from a day of comic sports which might involve catching pigs with soaped tails, climbing the greasy-pole and sack races, to holding […]

Dorset Cricketers 1845-2016

Dorset Cricketers by Tony Percival (ACS Publications, 2017)The latest book in the ACS series on Minor Counties cricketers contains biographical details and career figures for the players who have appeared for Dorset from 1845 to 2016.

The book cover features a photograph from the […]

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 […]