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Ghosts of Christmas Past

‘The steaming Punch Bowl in our midst seemed the very spirit of Christmas and jollity.’

Read the full account of Christmas at Sherborne School in the days of Headmaster H.D. Harper (pdf).

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Posted 8 December 2015 by Sherborne School Archives.

Could you pass the 1922 Common Entrance Exam?

Boy studying at Sherborne School, 1958.

To find out, why not sit the exam today using copies of the 1922 Common Entrance Exam papers held in the School Archives.

Unfortunately, the School Archives only hold the exam papers and not the answers!

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‘The most wonderful cricketer that ever held a bat’

GCCC logo‘The most wonderful cricketer that ever held a bat’ is how Lillywhite’s Cricketer’s Companion described one of England’s greatest cricketers, W.G. Grace, who died one hundred years ago on 23 October 1915.

W.G. Grace (1848-1915) may never have played on the Upper at Sherborne, but on 17 […]

Hot off the press: two new OS biographies

The biographies of two Old Shirburnians are published this month:  Prof: Alan Turing Decoded and John le Carré: The Biography.

Both biographies include research carried out by the authors in the School Archives.

'Prof: Alan Turing Decoded' by Dermot TuringIn Prof: Alan Turing […]

The Shirburnian 1859-2010 now available online

The Shirburnian, March 1859

Six hundred and fourteen back issues of The Shirburnian dating from 1859 to 2010 are now available online.

The Shirburnian replaced the first school magazine, King Edward’s Casket, which had been published irregularly during the Headmastership of the Rev. Ralph Lyon (1823-1845).  Described […]

The Battle of Britain and the Old Shirburnian who helped defend Sherborne

Spitfire thumbnailOn 30 September 1940, OS Spitfire pilot Squadron Leader Peter Devitt was in command of 152 Squadron based at RAF Warmwell when they were scrambled to intercept some 150 German bombers over Sherborne.  Devitt later recalled his horror at seeing their bombs falling on the old […]

1st XI Hockey Team Photographs Online

Photographs of Sherborne School 1st XI hockey teams are now available online.  The photographs show teams from 1942 to 2008, but we need your help to fill in the gaps in our collection.  If you have any of the missing team photographs then the School Archivist would love to hear from you.

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Prof – Alan Turing Decoded

A new book about Alan Turing is due to be published by The History Press in September 2015. Written by Alan Turing’s nephew and fellow Old Shirburnian, Sir John Dermot Turing (Westcott House 1974-78), and using material from the School archives, Prof – Alan Turing Decoded takes a fresh look at the influences on Alan’s […]

Washing the Lyon House Socks

The untold story behind how the feet of Lyon House boys were kept fresh!

Washing the Lyon House Socks (pdf)

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Posted 7 May 2015 by Sherborne School Archives.

Victory in Europe Day, 8 May 1945

VE Day, 1945How was Victory in Europe Day celebrated at Sherborne School in 1945?

To find out read V.E. Day in Sherborne, 8 May 1945 (pdf)

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Posted 6 May 2015 by Sherborne […]