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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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‘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 […]

Old Shirburnians and the British rule in India

An article published in the Old Shirburnian Society Annual Report in October 1898 reveals the large number of Old Shirburnians then working in India.

The article, entitled ‘Old Shirburnians in India‘, lists OS working in all areas of the government, the law, the Church and missionary work, the civil service, the […]

The Face of World War One

Photographs of Old Shirburnians commemorated in Sherborne School’s First World War Books of Remembrance have been used by artist Helen Marshall to create a digital mosaic of a British Army private killed during World War One.

The digital mosaic, which was commissioned by the BBC and can be seen outside Broadcasting House in London from 7-14 […]

1905 Sherborne Pageant Archive

Material from Sherborne School’s 1905 Sherborne Pageant archive is featured on ‘The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain’ website.

The project, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, is examining historical pageants in twentieth-century Britain.  Dr Tom Hulme of King’s College London has researched 60 pageants and […]

We will remember them: Lieutenant E. Mansel-Pleydell

Edmund Mansel-Pleydell (f 1903-1905)Edmund Mansel-Pleydell’s (f 1903-1905) name will be read out at the Tower of London this evening (30 September 2014) at sunset.  His name will be included amongst the names of 180 war dead read out by Dame Helen Mirren.  Drummer McKenna will play […]