Mercers' Lectures 2021-22

We are delighted to be able to announce our new Mercers' Lectures Programme for 2021-22.  This year we look forward to a diverse range of speakers covering travel, social campaigning, journalism, music, sport and the armed services. 

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. 

Autumn Term 2021

Simon Reeve

Wednesday 29 September 2021

Simon Reeve is a best-selling author and TV presenter and, as the presenter of multiple BBC television series, has travelled extensively in more than 110 countries.  He is an ambassador for the nature conservation organisation WWF and has been awarded a One World Broadcasting Trust award for an “outstanding contribution to greater world understanding”.



John Bird MBE
Wednesday 13 October 2021

John Bird, along with Gordon Roddick of The Body Shop, launched The Big Issue in 1991 to campaign on behalf of homeless and socially excluded people.  In 1995, he was awarded the MBE for ‘services to homeless people’ and nominated for life peerage by the House of Lords Appointments Commission in October 2015.



Carrie Gracie
Wednesday 3 November 2021

Carrie Gracie was a BBC journalist for more than three decades and became the BBC’s first China Editor in 2013.  She resigned this post in January 2018 in protest at unequal pay.  A year later she received a public apology from the BBC as well as back-pay which she donated to the gender equality charity, the Fawcett Society.



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.



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.



Summer Term 2020

Colonel Lucy Giles
Wednesday 20 April 2022

Colonel Lucy Giles is President of the Army Officer Selection Board at Westbury, Wiltshire, and was the first female College Commander in The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst’s 200-year history. 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.