Mercers' Lectures 2021-22

We are delighted to be able to share our Mercers' Lectures Programme for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.  This year we have a diverse range of speakers covering travel, social campaigning, journalism, music, sport and the armed services.  In Autumn we welcomed Simon Reeve, John Bird MBE and Carrie Gracie, and Spring promises to be just as interesting. Please see the line up below. 

The Mercers’ Lectures are named in recognition of the links between Dauntsey’s and the Mercers’ Company, which go back to Mercer founder Alderman William Dauntesey, Master of the Worshipful Company of Mercers, who founded the School in West Lavington in 1542.

The Lecture Series runs annually. Everyone is welcome and entry is free, but you are required to reserve your seat online and bring confirmation of booking to the event.  All lectures start at 19.30 and will be held in the Memorial Hall.

Bookings open approximately one month prior to the event and the number of tickets available will be in line with the Government regulations at the time.

We very much hope to welcome you to Dauntsey's for one or more of these lectures. 

Spring Term 2022


Dame Evelyn Glennie
Wednesday 2 February 2022

The world’s premier solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie performs worldwide, and has over 100 international awards, including the Polar Music Prize and the Companion of Honour.  Having been profoundly deaf since the age of 12, Dame Glennie regularly performs barefoot in order to better feel the music. She is currently working on opening a centre that embodies her mission to Teach the World to Listen.

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Sean Fitzpatrick
Wednesday 9 March 2022

Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest rugby players of all time, Sean Fitzpatrick is one of New Zealand’s most capped players.  He captained the All Black’s 51 times and played in 74 Test match victories and is currently an active rugby pundit, author and newspaper columnist.

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Summer Term 2022


Colonel Lucy Giles
Wednesday 20 April 2022

Colonel Lucy Giles, former President of the Army Officer Selection Board at Westbury, Wiltshire, and first female College Commander in The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst’s 200-year history, promises to be a fascinating lecture. Col Giles joined the Army in 1992 and has seen regimental duty in Germany, followed by tours of Bosnia, East Timor, Sierra Leone and in South Africa.

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