TAG: Memories

14 April 2022

Looking Back: Peter Somerville (Le. 1967-72)

Peter Somerville (Le. 1967-72) has Brighton College in the blood: he is the grandson of Peggy Williams and grew up a stone's throw from the College. Peter moved to New Zealand in the 1980s, running a luxury lodge on the South Island.

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16 December 2021

Wilson's House

The College Archive has received a fantastic donation from a family in New Zealand. It includes over a dozen sports team photographs and several house photographs from Wilson’s House, dating to the 1920s and 1930s. 

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04 June 2021

Looking back: with Ronald Levy (Br. 1949-57)

Ronald Levy (Br. 1949-57) was the oldest of the three Levy brothers to attend Brighton College – with Edward (Br. 1956-62) and Gerald (Br. 1959-64) following in his footsteps through the school.

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09 March 2021

REPORT & VIDEO: The History of Brighton College

As part of our commemorations of Brighton College's 175th anniversary, our College Archivist, James Harrison, gave a wonderful Zoom presentation on the history of the College.

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15 January 2021

David McKinley (Du. 1948-52) remembers his days at Brighton

"At Brighton College, I gained a grounding which was useful in facing life"... In this lovely piece, David McKinley (Du. 1948-52) tells us what life was like for a Brightonian over 70 years ago.

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24 November 2020

Brighton College celebrates its 175th birthday

Happy Birthday, Brighton College! The 24th November is our birthday, and our Archivist, James Harrison explains what happened in 1845...

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17 December 2019

A wedding in the chapel: 1955

It is with thanks to T John Reynolds (Le. 1955-59) that we recently received a lovely picture of what could be the first wedding of an Old Brightonian to have taken place in the school chapel.

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31 October 2017

Time Flies – Especially When You’re Doing a Podcast!

In September, we invited Patrick Hicks (BCJS/Le. 1967-74) and Jeremy Charles (BCJS/Sc. 1964-74) back to Brighton College to be interviewed by current pupils, Dan Kimber (Ry. Upper Sixth) and Ella Ticktin-Smith (Ch. Upper Sixth). Their reminiscences will soon be made available in a short podcast on the Old Brightonian website. Here, Patrick reflects on his experience of returning to Brighton College after 50 years.

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16 February 2017

Appeal for assistance: can you help identify the boys in these photographs?

Andrew Potter (Br. 1957-62) recently got in touch with a set of photographs. Dating between 1952 and 1957, the images show Brighton College Junior School.

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12 January 2017

Su Wijeratna (née Cook - Fe. 1985-87) - OB of the Month, January 2017

Su Wijeratna (née Cook) studied geography at Birmingham University after leaving Brighton College. She began her teaching career at Epsom College before moving to Eastbourne College where she became a regular visitor to Brighton, finding herself as Elizabeth Cody’s opposite number at several fixtures.

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10 January 2017

Stories from the Archive: The Return to the 9th Hole

Malcolm McVittie recently wrote a letter to the Head Master, describing his father’s experiences after leaving school. This letter recounted a story of bravery and perseverance.

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21 October 2016

Stories from the Archive: The Brighton College Elephant Club

Much of the pleasure found in an archive is making connections and understanding histories, but the membership card for the Brighton College Elephant Club (BCEC) has had me flummoxed for weeks.

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07 October 2016

This Week 100 Years Ago: 5th October 1916

On the 5th October 1916, the Governors of Brighton College met to discuss the usual issues important people discuss.

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22 July 2016

A tribute to Hilary Somerville

Many names have strong associations with Brighton College. They are woven into the fabric of the school through plaques, memorials and the names of buildings. One example is Williams, from which our second-oldest girl’s house takes its name. Peggy Williams was born in Chichester House in 1896, and, rather amazingly, was able to attend the opening of ‘her’ house in 1990. Much of Peggy’s long life was connected to the school, as she married Reverend A J Williams, College Chaplain and Housemaster of Wilsons (a now extinct house).

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27 June 2016

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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08 June 2016

Ian Bateson (Sc. 2001-02) - OB of the Month, June 2016

Ian Bateson is an independent correspondent based in Kiev, Ukraine and has written for Reuters, the Daily Beast, the New Statesman, VICE, Al Jazeera and Die Zeit Online. He is a graduate of Columbia University and was a Fulbright grantee at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He is currently working on a book on Ukrainian identity after the Maidan Revolution. We got in touch with him recently to find out about his time at Brighton College and what he's up to at the moment...

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06 June 2016

PHOTO: Four "old codgers" reunite 60 years on!

Four old friends met recently to lunch in Oxford and spend time reminiscing about the College. All too many of our contemporaries seem to have preceded us to wherever!

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15 April 2016

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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09 April 2016

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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15 March 2016

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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19 February 2016

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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12 February 2016

Stories from the Archive: Discovering Documents

One of the joys of sorting through the archive at Brighton College has been discovering documents that haven’t been seen for years – sometimes, these can be ‘hiding’ in places one least expects.

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08 February 2016

Christopher Colvile Minns (Ha. 1956-61)

We are saddened to report the death of Old Brightonian, Christopher Colvile Minns (Ha. 1956-61), this past January.

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01 February 2016

Philip Vaughan (BCJS/Ch. 1954-62), OB of the Month, February 2016

Philip came to Brighton College from a childhood spent in Normandy, after attending the Junior School and the College, Philip went on to study at Cambridge before attending art school. Now settled in California, we caught up with Philip to look back on his time at school and highlights since...

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27 January 2016

History Challenge Week: A History of Brighton College in 50 Objects

As part of History challenge week, a fascinating exhibition entitled ‘the History of Brighton College in 50 Objects’ has been displayed in the library. Based on the popular BBC series, ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ presented by the Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, the exhibition provided an intriguing insight, not only into the history of the College, but also into the wider context of social and political changes that have taken place between the mid-19th Century and the present day.

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01 January 2016

Nick Toksvig (Br. 1973-75) - OB of the Month, January 2016

Nick Toksvig (Br. 1973-75) was born a long time ago in something called the 1950s. His father Claus was a Danish journalist who met his mother Julie when they both were at the BBC.

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03 December 2015

Treasures from the Archive: Sketches from Dorothy Fenwick’s Notebook

Can you guess what the last boy played!? This image is taken from Dorothy Isabella Fenwick’s notebook. From 1929 to 1948, she was a matron at Brighton College: in Stenning House, School House, the Junior School and finally Bristol House. She retired in 1948 and lived in Walpole Terrace, Brighton.

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01 December 2015

Jeromé Freedman (Al. 1949-52) - OB of the Month, December 2015

Jeromé began his Brighton College career in the Junior school amidst the chaos of the second World War, over seventy years on he is celebrating his 80th birthday this month and we could think of no better way to join in the celebrations than to make Jeromé this December's OB of the month.

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27 November 2015

Robert Wilmot (Common Room 1979-98)

We are sad to report the death of Robert Wilmot on Monday 23rd November after his long struggle with cancer. He taught English at the college for 19 years and did much else besides, most notably coaching teams and directing plays. He was the embodiment of a traditional schoolmaster: naturally courteous, multi-talented, kind and encouraging. The funeral is on Monday 30th Nov at 3pm at Selmeston.

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11 November 2015

Treasures from the Archive: Proclamation from the Third Anglo-Burmese War

Earlier this month, I gave a short talk to our 4th Form Academic Society. Deciding on a theme was tricky, but since I’d recently worked on the school’s roll of honour – ensuring it was ready for our new memorial statue – the theme of ‘conflict’ seemed fitting.

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03 October 2015

A Visit from Reverend Canon Dawson's Granddaughter

Rev. Canon William Dawson remains Brighton College’s longest serving Headmaster, having lead the school between 1906 and 1933. He supported the College through the First World War and instigated a significant rise in pupil numbers – so significant that we were apparently bursting at the seams! It was a great pleasure to welcome Rosemary Sidwell and her husband Richard back to the College

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05 September 2015

REPORT: 10 Year Reunion - 5th September 2015

Last Saturday saw the return of our 2005 leavers to the College, a decade on since they graduated as pupils. The group were welcomed back in Scott’s Café (or Café de Paris in 2005) with a glass of bubbles and some familiar faces in the form of Mr Grocott, Assistant Headmaster and Mr Smith (Common Room 1973-2011).

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01 August 2015

Alex Bremer (Ry. 1979-83), OB of the Month, August 2015

Alex is celebrating the birth of his new son Teddy this week, we thought we could take the momentous opportunity to catch up with Alex to look back on his time at the College and where life has taken him so far...

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26 July 2015

OBs catch up in Sydney

A few OBs (Roger Simons (Ch. 1980-85), John Gorton (Du. 1981-86) and Andrew King (Al. 1980-85)) caught up last week in Sydney - as captured on the beach at Manley (right)… and re-lived a few Old Brightonian rugby moves!

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01 July 2015

Sarah Mann (Fe. 1985-87), OB of the Month, July 2015

Sarah Mann (Fe. 1985-87) is performing at the Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) later this month. Having achieved her dream of becoming an actress, we caught up with Sarah to find out just where her career has taken her since leaving the College...

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01 June 2015

Hannah Fish (Fe. 2000-05), OB of the Month, June 2015

It is 10 years since Hannah (Fe. 2000-05) graduated from Brighton College, now 'grown-up' and helping us to organise a reunion for her yeargroup this September, we caught up with Hannah to see what has happened in the decade since leaving the College...

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01 May 2015

Roderick Essery (Du. 1951-55), OB of the Month, May 2015

Roderick Essery (Du. 1951-55) has settled down now on the other side of the world in Adelaide, South Australia, but he remembers his time at Brighton College fondly with certian elements that became a large part of his life starting off here - rugby in particular! Rod was recently the oldest Graduand at Flinders University of South Australia, achieving a Ph.D Doctorate. We thought this accomplishment deserved some recognition and so he is this May's OB of the month!

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01 April 2015

Ron Gamble (Le. 1961-66) - OB of the Month, April 2015

Ron arrived at Brighton College in the Early 1960's as a day pupil in Leconfield, since graduating he has ended up on the other side of the world. He will be flying over from his home in Australia to join us at this year's Pioneers Club, so we are looking forward to hearing all the news from down under.

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08 October 2014

FOUND: a Sussex County Magazine article from 1951

I found an old Sussex County Magazine from 1951 with an article about the College. Some interesting pictures and insight into how the school came into being. 

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28 June 2014

REPORT: 20 year reunion for the leavers of 1994, 28th June 2014

The last time we were together at the Bristol, on our last day of school, the Channel Tunnel had just opened, Nelson Mandela was two months into his Presidency, and the Apple that had fired Steve Jobs was failing to convince the world that it needed a portable digital assistant known as the Newton.

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15 May 2014

REPORT: Pioneers Club visit to Brighton College, Thursday 15th May 2014

What wonderful weather and what wonderful company we all enjoyed at the Pioneers Club on Thursday 15th May.

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08 November 2012

Memories of Flt Lt. O .C. Chave ( C. 1926-31)

Following the recent death of Flt Lt Walker (G. 1927-31) Christopher Chave (BCJS 1954-56, D. 1956-60) kindly got in touch with the OB office and sent us some rather wonderful newspaper cuttings and photographs of his father, Flt Lt Owen Cecil Chave (C. 1926-1931) who was killed in action in WWII.

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20 December 2011

An old Photograph from Brighton College Junior School from 1946

I enclose a picture of my form in the Junior School, about 1946. Recognisable boys are Acker, Woodthorpe, Seagull, Drayson, Little, Hill I and Hill II, Goldstein.

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19 December 2011

A great old picture from Brighton College Prep School

Richard Thornburgh sent us this wonderful postcard of the Junior School when it was in Lewes Crescent.

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13 December 2011

Tin Hut Times! Are you in this 1954 photograph?

Malcolm Jenkins (H. 1951-55) writes reading the August newsletter about Sir John Chilcot, O.B. President, prompted me to revisit an old photograph taken circa 1954, of some of the inhabitants of Hampden House, including John Chilcot. The photo was taken at the top of the bank, which was out of bounds to all but prefects’ feet, with the old tin sheds which housed Hampden at the time, in the background!

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13 September 2011

A visit to Brighton College by Chris Terleski (H.1965-71)

Chris Terleski (H.1965-71), quoted in The Brightonian of 1971 as the "(in)famous Head of School who will be remembered by everyone - but for entirely different reasons" popped in to see us recently and had a tour of the College on a beautiful sunny August morning.

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01 September 2011

John Marshall (L. 1952-57) writes...

"I was at Brighton College Junior School 1948-52 and Brighton College 1952-57 (Leconfield House). I qualified in Medicine at Guys Hospital, London University 1963. I then worked in Hospitals in Brighton London and Paris and in 1969 moved to Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa to further train in Internal Medicine and returned to London in 1972. In 1973 I moved to Tokyo to join the Tokyo Medical and Surgical Clinic where I still practice (http://www.tmsc.jp/).

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10 August 2011

Howard Sear (B. 1949-54) writes...

I think I was the first OB to be married in the College Chapel, Saturday 30th 1961. I remember I had to spend three weekends in Bristol House to claim residential qualification. In fact our Marriage certificate gives my address as Brighton College. People think my wife Angela married a school boy! We’ve been married now for 50 years, and celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary this coming September.

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01 June 2011

"Dear Old Brightonian Ruggers" by Charlie Grant (S. 2006-07)

With preparations underway for the World Cup in New Zealand this year, it is with an inflated ego and a great deal of national pride that I humbly submit that we have a new contender this year: The United States of America. That's right: the Eagles will go all the way this year, and no one will see it coming.

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