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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 […]

Just a Minute, Mr Parry-Jones

Hunter pocket watchDiscover the story behind how a teacher at Sherborne School inspired Ian Messiter to devise the BBC’s longest-running game show.

Just a Minute, Mr Parry-Jones.

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Posted 26 March 2015 by […]

‘And the Academy Award goes to…’

OscarThe 87th Academy Awards see two films with Sherborne connections nominated for Oscars, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything.  But has an Old Shirburnian ever won an Oscar?  Read Sherborne School and the Oscars to find out.

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Lance Percival (1933-2015)

In memory of the comedian, singer and actor Lance Percival who died on 6 January 2015 we have reproduced here an interview made with Lance in May 2000 and published in The Shirburnian.

John Lancelot Blades Percival came to Sherborne in April 1947 from Earlywood School, Ascot.  A member of School […]

A Year at Sherborne, 1965-1966

Clapper boardA film made in 1965-1966 by David Hardiman (Harper House, 1961-1966) of a year at Sherborne School can now be viewed on YouTube.

The film provides a fascinating insight into school life in the 1960s and includes a brief shot of Jeremy Irons […]

Sherborne’s Turing-Cumberbatch Connection

Benedict Cumberbatch may have gone to Harrow, but his father, the actor Timothy Carlton, came to Sherborne!

During his time at Sherborne, Timothy Carlton Congdon Cumberbatch (g 1953-1958) rubbed shoulders with the nephews of Alan Turing’s school friend, Christopher Morcom, and decided that he wanted to become a professional actor.

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The Stained Glass of Sherborne School


Between 1864 and 1922, the firm of Clayton and Bell designed eleven stained glass windows for Sherborne School, ten for the School chapel (although two were destroyed during the bombing of Sherborne in 1940) and one for the Upper Library.

Set into the windows of the Old School Room are the crests of eleven former Headmasters […]