450th Launch and Exhibition

Official 450th Launch and Exhibition

Hundreds of staff, former pupils and guests attended the event, at which a new Rugby School history book and exhibition – from Elizabeth to Elizabeth – was also launched, illustrating the school’s history against a backdrop of national and global events. The Exhibition which is open to everyone features images and text from the 450th Anniversary book as a dramatic visualisation of the School’s history and Alumni achievements.

The anniversary marks 450 years since Lawrence Sheriff – grocer and purveyor of spices to Queen Elizabeth I – left a legacy to found a school.

Chair of the Governing Body Lucinda Holmes – who was one of the school’s first female pupils – said: “That generous gift of £50, and eight acres of orchard in what is now Bloomsbury in central London, was given to fund the education of the boys of Rugby, which has – without exaggeration – influenced so many thousands of lives.

“This anniversary is about giving thanks for the bequest, and everything it has bestowed on us all, and on the generations before us."

“And it is a message that Lawrence Sheriff’s bequest is thriving, and will carry many more generations of Rugbeians into the 21st century and beyond.”

Head Master Peter Green said: “It’s a momentous occasion. You don’t often have the opportunity as a headmaster to celebrate a school’s 450th anniversary."

The passing of a rugby ball 450 times as it makes its way around the world between Rugbeians also started on its journey from The Close – ‘The Global Pass’. For more details of the 'Global Pass' click here



Exhibition Tours
Guided Exhibition tours can be arranged for both schools and visitors to Rugby School.  For further information please contact the School Shop on 01788 556169, email

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