Brighton College Today


Stories from the Archive: The Brighton College Locomotive

About six months ago, our maintenance team asked me to take a look at a large sign stored in their workshop.

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Mrs Margaret Ridler

The OB office is sad to report the death of Mrs Margaret Ridler, who died peacefully at home on Wednesday 22 June, aged 86.

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NEWS & PHOTOS: The WW1 Memorial Statue unveiling, 17th June 2016

On Friday 17th June we gathered to remember the 976 Old Brightonians who served in the Great War and in particular the 149 who died, never to return.

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Reflections on the Archive: Chichester and School House photographs, 1910-1912

The phrase "one picture is worth a thousand words" suggests that an image can more lucidly communicate a complex idea or experience. Perhaps overused, the idiom has lost some resonance over the years. However, I would argue my experiences in recent weeks, while searching for images linked to our roll of honour, have brought home the truth behind the phrase. In fact, three photographs had such a profound emotional impact, I felt the need to share them here.

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Calling Old Brightonian Entrepreneurs!

Would you like to be part of the Entrepreneurship Programme during the coming academic year? The programme consists of a series of lectures and a House competition with a £10,000 prize pot for the three Houses with the best idea and business plan. Your time could be spent: advising a House group on how to develop their ideas and business plan; delivering a lecture or more informal talk, or joining a bank of Entrepreneurs whose expertise could be called on as necessary.

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Gordon Smith (Br. 1946-52 and Headmaster BCJS 1970-80), OB of the Month, July 2016

Gordon Smith attended Brighton College from 1946-52. Upon graduating, he studied at Trinity College, Oxford, where he read English. He went on to work in various educational institutions, including Brighton College, where he was House Master of Aldrich from 1963-1967 and then Head Master of the Junior School from 1970-80. He is now retired but still maintains close ties to the College and has been an active member of the Old Brightonians, having been captain of the OB cricket club. We were very interested to hear of Gordon’s time at the College, both as an ex-pupil and staff member!

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William "Bill" Blackshaw, Headmaster at Brighton College from 1971-87, has died

Bill Blackshaw, who was Headmaster of the college from 1971 to 1987 died peacefully at home in Rottingdean on Friday 27 May. He had a huge impact on the school during his 16 years of headship, increasing numbers markedly, introducing co-education in the Sixth Form and overseeing the greatest building programme of the post-war era.

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Keren Burton (Head of Girls Games - Prep School, 1988-2015)

We are sad to report the death of Keren Burton, the recently retired head of Girls Games at Brighton College Prep School. A funeral service will be held at Woodvale Crematorium (North) on Thursday May 26th 2016, at 11am.

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Notes on the Archive: The Changing Face of the School

This week being National Gardening Week, I thought it would be nice to consider how the school’s gardens have changed over the years. 

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From the Archive: Tales from India

Many of you may remember Martin Jones as the College's Head of History. Others may also recollect him as our Librarian, our Honorary Archivist, and author of the brilliant school history - Brighton College: 1845-1995. As an expert on all things Brighton College, he has been a wonderful help since I started this time last year. He regularly keeps in touch, and recently sent me some fascinating observations from his travels in India … 

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People in the Archive: Hubert Leslie and his S-s-silhouettes

Every week, I receive a fascinating enquiry from a researcher, a member of the public or an Old Brightonian – sometimes all three. In early February, Julia Webb from the National Portrait Gallery got in touch to learn more about silhouette-artist extraordinaire, Hubert Leslie.

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Stories from the Archive: The Case of the Missing Lion

This week's post was written by Karen Scanlon, who volunteers at the archive. She was helping to catalogue our collection of uniform, when a picture on the wall caught her attention... 

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Brighton College Bangkok

Brighton College Bangkok opened in September 2016 and shares the aims and ethos of Brighton College UK, England’s top co-educational school.

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Music in the Archive: The Jazz Appreciation Society, 1962

While searching through the Brightonians this week, I stumbled across a short, but fascinating, article written by the Jazz Appreciation Society, in 1962.

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