Alleyn Club Yearbook 2017

letters, and the global significance of the archive in understanding the history of Elizabethan theatre. Visitors enjoyed an informal talk in the Masters’ Library by costumier Caroline Akselson who put costume into context by dressing a live ‘Edward Alleyn’ with a doublet, ruff, cloak and hat while explaining the relevance and significance of each item.

Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling, Dean Emeritus of Chichester and Chaplain of the Skinners’ Company, gave an address. David’s son, John, read the lesson, and David’s six granddaughters read an extract from Churchyards by Sir John Betjeman. Richard Cross OA (81-86) paid tribute to his Master, commemorating David’s community-minded spirit, good humour, athleticism, worldliness, and long partnership with his wife, Pam. School Captain, Kenza Wilks, concluded the service with a reading of The Founder’s Prayer. A reception was held in the Great Hall following the service. David is survived by his wife Pamela, his son Richard and wife Sue, son Jon and partner Tracey-Anne, and grand- daughters Jade, Marina, Stephanie, Holly, Sophie and Charlotte. In honour of David’s lasting legacy to providing access to a Dulwich education to those who could not afford the fees, the Emms family asked that donations in his memory be directed to the “David Emms Bursary Fund”.

David Emms Service of Thanksgiving On Friday, 29 April 2016, hundreds of Old Alleynians gathered with friends, family and former colleagues of the late David Emms to celebrate his life and service to education. David died on 21 December 2015, aged 90. He served as Master of Dulwich College from 1975-1986. In Christ’s Chapel of God’s Gift, The Master, Dr Joseph Spence, welcomed the congregation, College Chaplain Rev Justin White officiated and the The GE Moore Lecture Series Dulwich: A College, a Gallery and a Nation’s appreciation of Art Gabriele Finaldi OA (Director of the National Gallery) and Xavier Bray (former Director of DPG, now Wallace Collection) in conversation. Thursday 8 June, 2017 More information from lectureseries @

The Wodehouse Library housed an exhibition on what life was like during the Black Death. The final lecture of 2016 and sixth so far in the series welcomed Professor Alec Ryrie OA (82 – 89) to the College. ‘Belief, Doubt and Atheism in the Age of Alleyn, Marlowe and Shakespeare’ proved one of the most popular in the series so far with well over 200 guests. Prior to Professor Ryrie’s lecture in the George Farha Auditorium, visitors enjoyed a practical demonstration by Karen Howell, Curator and Herb Archivist of The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret at St Thomas’s Hospital. The recipe for Snailwater as well as Philip Henslowe’s own spell and remedies were demonstrated.


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