Author: Jen Liddell

Andrew “Wilki” Wilkinson, Teacher and HM

24 August 2023

Wilki’s impact at Wellington College was immense. Having served in the parachute regiment before coming to teaching, he taught languages brilliantly, was an inspirational HM of the Raglan, gave so much to the CCF and the Marine Section in particular, as well as being a leading figure within the College’s Christian community, via Open Door […]


Allan Tarver (M 54)

24 August 2023

Commander Allan Tarver GM, naval pilot, was born on June 29, 1938. He died of complications from Parkinson’s disease on March 23, 2023, aged 84. One morning in May 1966, Lieutenant Allan Tarver from 890 Naval Air Squadron was flying his Sea Vixen from the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. They were 100 miles off the coast […]


Jonty Driver, 11th Master

15 August 2023

Few Masters have had such an impact on Wellington College as Jonty Driver. Appointed in 1989 as the Eleventh Master of Wellington, he served the College with distinction until 2000, his Mastership defined by clear and brave decision-making and an unshakable belief in the potential of the school. Many would claim that it was Jonty […]


Cure DHDDS Charity Walk – Charles Dixon (A 96)

25 July 2023

At the start of July, over 60 people joined OW Charles Dixon (A 96) and his family for a 50km river walk from Windsor to Mortlake to raise money for their charity, Cure DHDDS. The Dixon family set up the charity in March of this year after discovering that two of their children had the […]


Waterloo Day 2023 – OW Reunions around the World!

20 July 2023

Over the past few weeks, OWs all over the world have been gathering to celebrate Waterloo Day! Waterloo Day is celebrated by some regiments of the British Army (and OWs!) on and around the 18th June to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo. OW Western Australia Gathering in Cottesloe, WA, on 18th June Our happy band […]


The Kingsleys

23 March 2023

Later today, members of the College community, from students to teachers and support staff, will be taking part in the annual Kingsleys run.  The Kingsleys is Wellington’s oldest sporting event and was first introduced in 1860, just a year after the College opened. It got its name from the Rector of Eversley, Rev Charles Kingsley, […]


‘How We Might Live’ by Suzanne Cooper (Ap 88)

06 January 2023

In Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper’s (Ap 88) latest biography, How We Might Live: At Home with Jane and William Morris,  she explores the lives and legacies of Jane and William Morris,  taking us inside two lives of unparalleled creative artistry. William Morris wrote ‘The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in […]


Edwardian Speech Day at Wellington College

Introducing the Wellington College Heritage Website!

07 December 2022

Edwardian Speech Day at Wellington College   Today we celebrate the launch of the Wellington College Heritage Website!  Wellington College was opened in 1859 as the living memorial to the first Duke of Wellington. Since then, Wellington has expanded into one of Britain’s leading independent schools, developing its own rich traditions and distinctive character.   Our […]


OW November Must Read: Driven to Crime by Crispian Besley (Bn 77)

16 November 2022

Driven to Crime: True Stories of Wrongdoing in Motor Racing is the debut novel by Crispian Besley (Bn 77), inspired by his life-long interest in cars and passion for motor racing. In his novel, Besley investigates misdemeanours at all levels, from drivers, designers and mechanics to team owners, entrants and sponsors. People lie, cheat, steal […]


The Corps of Drums at Wellington College

11 November 2022

For hundreds of years, drums were used on the battlefield to signal commands and orders, and drummers have been part of Wellington College CCF for over a century. During the 1950s there was an active Corps of Drums, but in 1960 this was subsumed into the general CCF Band, which itself disbanded in 1980, the […]


Fair Shot: the Cafe with a Conscience!

26 October 2022

Fair Shot Cafe, London, was set up to provide young adults with learning disabilities, such as autism and Down’s syndrome, the opportunity to train as baristas and cafe assistants before helping them to find jobs in the mainstream hospitality sector. The rate of unemployment among young adults with learning disabilities is very high, and so […]


100 Year Anniversary of the Wellington College War Memorial

21 October 2022

It’s 100 years since the unveiling of the Wellington College War Memorial on 24th October 1922. Made from black, white and green marble and designed by Edwin Lutyens, the architect of the cenotaph in Whitehall, the memorial features a figure of St George, and a Union flag of painted marble so convincing as to be […]


Dennis Flanders: 1980s Wellington College Painting Auction

19 October 2022

OW John Berger (Bn 53) is currently selling framed print No. 50 from 500 by Dennis Flanders. Flanders (1915-1994) was a British artist and draughtsman who specialised in pen and ink drawings, often of English landscapes and buildings. He created a collection of pictures of Wellington College in the 80s, with some of his drawings […]


Art Exhibition by Archie Wardlaw (T 07) and a teacher of art at Wellington – Less than one week to go!

14 October 2022

Archie Wardlaw (T 07) and a teacher of art at Wellington, will be hosting an exhibition of new landscape and still life paintings from the last two years to help raise funds for the Prince Albert Foundation. 20% of all purchases will go towards this amazing Scholarship programme. His oil paintings are created ‘en plein […]


Podcast: Wellington College and the Royal Family

12 October 2022

Photo: Queen Elizabeth II and head girl Georgina Singer (Ap 10) share a happy moment together during her visit to the college in 2009 Following the passing of our Visitor, Queen Elizabeth II, our wonderful College archivist Caroline Jones discusses the intertwined history of the College and the Royal Family. To listen or find out […]


Bringing Unseen Art-Historical Essays to Life: ‘Inside the Cauldron’ by Leonora Carrington

06 October 2022

OW India Ayles (O 13), costume designer, is currently involved in the production of a non-profit short film Inside the Cauldron. “The paintings of Leonora Carrington are not merely painted. They are brewed. They sometimes seem to have materialised in a cauldron at the stroke of midnight.” – Edward James Inside the Cauldron is a short non-profit […]


‘Into Battle’: The True Story of the Balliol Feud by Hugh Salmon (Hn 74)

04 October 2022

Into Battle by Hugh Salmon (Hn 74) uncovers the true story of the notorious Oxford ‘Balliol Feud’, which poignantly encapsulates the political and social divisions that were tearing Britain apart prior to WW1. The Greenwich Theatre premier has recently been picked up by Broadway on Demand, a theatre streaming service. In 1906, of the fifty-three […]


OW Cross Country: Annual Alumni Race Results

26 September 2022

On Saturday 17th September, OWXC took part in the Annual Alumni Race on Wimbledon Common, an 8k undulating cross-country course. For the first time the race had been brought forward from its traditional December date, so we had to cope without the customary mud, rain and freezing cold! Of the 33 teams and 147 runners […]


September OW Must Read

31 August 2022

Our OWs are an incredibly talented group and there have been many brilliant books written by OWs over the years. Our OW must read for September is ‘Queen of our Times’, written by British Royal Family specialist Robert Hardman, student at Wellington College between 1978-1983 in Stanley House. ‘Queen of our Times’ is Hardman’s new […]