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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 […]

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 […]