Project information

Memorial Hall Appeal

The Memorial Hall is no longer fit for purpose. We want to restore and upgrade this iconic building to provide a state-of-the-art performance venue for Music and Drama and to enhance it as a memorial to the 749 who lost their lives in WW1 and the 440 from WW2 and subsequent conflicts.

July 2017 - July 2018

Charity information: Marlborough College Trust

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  • Need


    The fabric of the building no longer keeps out the elements, the lower level is prone to flooding, the roof needs attention. Electrical and mechanical works are required. The audience experience is compromised by poor ventilation, lighting and acoustics and there are no cloakrooms within the building. Modern day standards require multiple exit points and better disabled access; this now restricts the maximum occupancy of the building.
    The names of the 749 who fell in WW1 are obscured.


    The Hall will be made structurally sound and there will be major improvements to the technical performance of the auditorium. A sound reflecting baffle is to be fixed to the ceiling; pivoting acoustic panels added to the back wall; an enlarged stage area; and a new control balcony. New entrances/exits will bring 200 more seats, disabled access and new facilities for audience and performers within. The 749 names will once again be clearly visible.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To restore the building as a memorial to the Marlburians who died in WW1 and other conflicts.


    » Enhancement of the visibility of the 749 engraved names along the back wall of the Hall and to restore those in the West Lobby.

    What success will look like

    The success will be clearly visible in the auditorium.

    Aim 2

    To modernise the interior of the Hall to create a state-of- the-art performance venue.


    » Carry out a series of major improvements to the auditorium; to enlarge the stage, improve technical facilities and the audience experience.

    What success will look like

    Through the various musical and dramatic performances, as well as lectures, that will be able to be held in the Hall once again. We are assured the difference will be huge!

  • Impact


    Generations of Marlburians will be aware of the ultimate sacrifice made by hundreds of Old Marlburians. It will ensure we will remember them.

    Music and Drama thrive at Marlborough and the enhanced performance space will enable pupils and visiting performers to showcase their talents.

    Larger audiences, due to the increased capacity, will enjoy enhanced performances in comfort.


    An extensive risk assessment has been carried out and the project will be monitored on an ongoing basis.


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  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,400,000 Audience Experience Seating, exits, facilities,
      £1,400,000 M & E Structural, lighting, waterproofing etc
      £800,000 Stage Widening and installing new stage, back stage enhancements.
      £900,000 Technical Acoustics, sound and lighting
      £800,000 Fees Architect, heritage, project management
      £100,000 Access Disabled and general access
      £600,000 Restoration Highlighting names, lighting, removal of plinth
  • Background


    The Memorial Hall is situated on Marlborough College Campus.


    Marlborough College's 930 pupils, alumni and parents.
    Local Community
    • St John’s School, Marlborough pupils use the hall for choir practice
    •Superstrings (local string group for young string players) incorporated into our project/collaboration with Southbank Sinfonia
    •Local primary schools visit the College to experience Symphony Orchestra concerts
    • Choral Society, 250 members, for rehearsals

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The property is situated on our campus.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Peter Bryan - Staff

    Director of Corporate Resources, overall management of the project.

    Tania Freeman - Volunteer

    Chairman of the Design Steering Group Committee