On 29 June 2021, Marlborough College Summer School hosted an online webinar with the Muddy Archaeologist, Gillian Hovell. Re-watch this fascinating insight into the Original Olympic games here.
As we celebrate the 32nd modern Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer, this Zoom lecture will consider the Original Olympics. These games, first recorded in 776 BC, were 'panhellenic' and famed throughout the Ancient Greek world. Greeks travelled hundreds of miles to attend. Gillian will introduce you to the history, the dedication of the competitors and the rules... You will also discover the ancient art that celebrated the winners, learn of the competitions, sacred spaces and peculiarities of these remarkable games that we still echo today.
Are you a Psychopath? Perhaps you think you know some?! On 1 June 2021, Marlborough College Summer School hosted an online interactive experience with forensic psychologist and former DCI, Steve Gaskin. You can watch the session back here.
Often when we mention psychopaths, Hannibal Lector comes to mind. However, this is not always the case. This online experience will give a real insight into the murky world of psychopaths. Do psychopaths always go on to kill? Steve Gaskin explains that this is not necessarily the case AND there are good reasons why you should employ or work with psychopaths. In fact, some professions actually benefit from employing psychopaths. You will have opportunity to take a fun and confidential test during the session to discover if YOU are a psychopath, as well as considering if you know one. Steve will show you how to weigh up whether or not your friends, family or workmates are a psychopath.
On 11 May 2021, Marlborough College Summer School hosted an online webinar with published author and local historian, Nick Baxter. You can view the full lecture, including Nick's supporting photographs and illustrations here.
From November 1814 to March 1816, the great Romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived in an elegant Georgian terraced house in the Wiltshire market town of Calne with his friend, John Morgan, John's wife Mary, and Mary's sister Charlotte. Dependant on laudanum, Coleridge struggled with his drug addiction, but his time in Calne was healthy and productive. He wrote his Biographia Literaria in Calne and had his play, Remorse, performed by a group of travelling stage-players. He put together Sibylline Leaves, a collection of poems and put the gloss on his most well-known poem, the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.
On 8 April 2021, Marlborough College Summer School hosted an online webinar with former opera singer, Helen Astrid. You can listen back to the full lecture, including some wonderful musical clips selected by Helen here.
Most opera is deemed long, serious and unintelligible. The humour is often overlooked and is as understated as it is spiced with ambiguity, embarrassment and clashes with the moral values of the characters portrayed. In this intriguing talk, Helen Astrid examines a handful of opera arias from 1816 - 1967 where comedy takes centre stage. Let's not forget the words of George Bernard Shaw, 'Opera is when a tenor and soprano want to make love but are prevented from doing so by a baritone.'