Category: News

The Lumsden Leadership Summit

17 February 2021

Ella Dow (O 18) is Vice-President of an all-female philanthropic society at St Andrews called The Lumsden Club and is proud to announce the sixth edition of their annual event, The Lumsden Leadership Summit (previously Winning Women). The aim is to inspire the student body and wider community by bringing together successful women from all […]

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OW Edward Foulds (Bl 96) – ‘Crucifix’

09 February 2021

Twenty-five years ago this term, Wellington College was shrouded in snow just as it has been recently. This inspired student Edward Foulds (Blücher 1991-96) to create a remarkable piece of artwork which is still at the centre of College life today. Braving the cold, Ed ventured out in the dark after a heavy snowfall and […]

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OW Jack Trigger (M 12): Around the world with type 1 diabetes

09 February 2021

Follow Jack Trigger on his journey to become the first type 1 diabetic to compete in the legendary Vendée Globe. The Vendée Globe is one of the toughest endurance challenges on earth – non stop, solo and unassisted around the world in record breaking 60ft racing yachts. The current race has just finished with the […]

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OWs Harry Hearn and Tom Phillips, UK team Oardacity complete the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2020 – the ‘World’s Toughest Row

03 February 2021

UK team Oardacity have arrived (in 4th place) in Antigua after completing this year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, which they rowed for Mental Health. Their two beneficiary charities are Mind and The Christina Noble Children’s Foundation. The four boat completed the 3,000 mile Atlantic crossing in 40 days, 6 hours and 35 minutes from La […]

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Annual Schools Alumni Race – The Results Are In!

05 January 2021

OWXC took part in the Annual Schools Alumni Race over the weekend of 12th/13th December. Normally it would be run as a proper race on Wimbledon Common; however, as with most events throughout 2020, it had to be completed virtually. This certainly did not dampen spirits as there were 39 OW entrants out of a […]

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College Theatres

04 January 2021

Wellington has seen a number of theatres over the years, giving many students an opportunity to try their hand at acting, stage management or lighting, and allowing a few well-known actors their first taste of stardom along the way. In 1947 a wooden building which had started life as a Victorian swimming pool, and later […]

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Must Reads!

15 December 2020

We are delighted to share with you four brilliant books by OW authors. Military Misreadings of Shakespeare is a humorous book of full colour cartoons of the Victorian Army painted by Major (later Lt-Col) Thomas Seccombe with carefully chosen quotations from Shakespeare’s plays; it was first published by George Routledge & Sons in 1880.  Paul Cordle […]

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A Royal Visit

07 December 2020

Eighty years ago, on 8th December 1940, Wellington College was visited by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by their daughters, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. The visit was intended to boost school morale after the death of the Master, Bobby Longden, in enemy bombing two months previously. The photograph above shows the King […]

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Follow the Stars – A Celebration of Christmas!

07 December 2020

While many spent their Lockdown summers perfecting sourdough starters or baking banana bread, Biddy (L6th, A) was quite literally following the stars. A family involvement with the Macmillan Cancer Support charity led to Biddy volunteering her time to help organise and curate Macmillan’s Follow the Stars Charity Christmas concert. The concert, re-imagined for 2020 and […]

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BECOME A GLOBAL GOALS HERO & SUPPORT YOUNG PEOPLE TO TRANSFORM THE WORLD!

03 December 2020

We are excited to invite you to volunteer from home as a ‘Global Social Leaders Global Goals Hero’ and join an incredible team of people supporting a global movement of socially conscious young leaders in 105 countries in all world regions. GSL was set up by Wellington College’s Leadership and Coaching Institute and Future Foundations […]

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Dining marquee on South Front

02 December 2020

All who at present eat their meals in the large tent on South Front, might like to know that a somewhat similar structure was put there just over 100 years ago, again because of an emergency. In March 1919 there was a fire in the main Eastern block of College, starting in what is now […]

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David Mordaunt 23.08.37 to 28.11.20

30 November 2020

David Mordaunt 23.08.37 to 28.11.20 All OWs and OW cricketers will  be very sad to hear of the passing of DJM. David was the outstanding Wellington cricketer of his generation: prominent amongst his peers as a schoolboy, he was unquestionably the best all-rounder Wellington College produced until the emergence of the Curran brothers. He made […]

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This week at Wellington we look back at a favourite topic – school food!

27 November 2020

This week at Wellington we look back at a favourite topic – school food! The archives are quite rich in information on this subject, for example a description of the very first meal ever served to Wellington students, in January 1859. Student Augustus Hornsby wrote that ‘we had a supper of bread and butter, cheese […]

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Wellington CCF: A History in Badges

10 November 2020

Wellington College is delighted to have recently added to its historical collections this metal badge, believed to be the first cap badge worn by the College’s Rifle Volunteer Corps, now the CCF. Volunteer Forces are as old as the College itself, having been first set up in 1859. The Crimean War had highlighted the difficulty […]

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Virtual Walks with Wide Eyed London

25 September 2020

To replace cancelled bookings with the college, professional guide Rosalind Vincent has kindly agreed to create some mini virtual walks in London. To kick the series off, she will be focusing on aspects of London connected with the 1st Duke of Wellington. These short videos are designed to give you a taster of what is […]

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OWs IN THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

18 September 2020

This week, as the country commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, we look back and remember those Old Wellingtonians who took part. The “Battle of Britain” was a term coined by Winston Churchill in a speech to the House of Commons in June 1940, to describe the struggle for air superiority in […]

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VJ Day

17 August 2020

As we mark VJ Day on 15 August, this week we remember those Old Wellingtonians who served in the Far East during World War Two. At least sixteen Wellingtonians died fighting in the Far East, excluding the many more killed in the Burma campaign. Most lost their lives during the Japanese invasion of Malaya, Singapore […]

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OW David Kim (M16)

07 August 2020

David Kim is raising money for the Malamulo Hospital in Malawi as they battle not only Covid-19 but pre-exicting infections and diseases. Please do follow the link to find out more and to donate.  

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OW meet up in Canberra, Australia

22 July 2020

On Sunday 19th July, Charles Keighley (C70) , Ed Bristow (C68), Vernon Keighley (C65), Mike Todd (Hl60) and John Daly (Hl42) met for lunch at the Royal Canberra Golf Club. It is wonderful to see our OWs meeting up all over the world and we hope you all had a wonderful day. Thank you to […]

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Robert Shakespear: a conservation pioneer

16 July 2020

Robert Shakespear: a conservation pioneer Robert Henry Anson Shakespear arrived at Wellington in 1868, when the College was less than a decade old. He himself was only eleven years old when he joined the Anglesey. Four years later when he left, his younger brother William joined the Murray. Both boys were Foundationers – that is […]

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‘An Evening with Potts’ Three part series

14 July 2020

We are excited to share with you our three-part series ‘An Evening with Potts’. Chris Potter (C 65) arrived at Wellington in 1947 and more than 70 years later he remains at the heart of the Wellington Community. Nobody knows Wellington quite like Chris Potter and over three fun and informal chats Chris talks us […]

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Wellington and the 1970 General Election

23 June 2020

On 18 June 1970, a General Election was held in the United Kingdom. Legislation passed the year before had lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, meaning that this was the first election in which senior Wellington students might be able to vote. Even before this, many students had taken a keen interest in […]

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Waterloo Day Celebrations in Perth

22 June 2020

We are delighted to report that 8 OWs met up for drinks to celebrate Waterloo Day in Perth, Western Australia, including two “new” old boys, Mark Shipway (S 09) and Jonny Sole (S 09) who are quite recent arrivals to Western Australia. The full list, from left to right in the photo were: Mark Shipway […]

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Mud and Maniacs: A History of Swimming at Wellington

08 June 2020

Normally at this time of year, Wellington’s outdoor pool is busy every day, with hardcore ‘Maniacs’ doing their two lengths before breakfast, and many more students enjoying a refreshing dip before dinner. Sadly at present the pool is empty and deserted, but in this week’s ‘Out of the Archives’ podcast, Archivist Caroline Jones looks back […]

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Gardening Question Time with Mark Dodd – Head of Gardens and Countryside

27 May 2020

We know that so many people are spending more time in their gardens lately, whether they are keen gardeners or complete novices, there is no better time! Summer term is usually full of fun and informative gardening society events, unfortunately this term has been a little different for us all…. Mark Dodd, Head of Gardens […]

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