Dauntsey’s has recently welcomed adventurer, author and TV presenter Simon Reeve, who kicked off the School’s Mercers’ Lecture Series for 2021-22.
Simon presented his lecture to pupils, staff, parents and members of the local community. Tipped as the new David Attenborough, Simon is an ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund, a best-selling author and presenter of multiple BBC television series, having travelled in more than 110 countries.
During his lecture, Simon spoke about his difficult upbringing in West London and his experiences of overcoming depression. He went on to talk about his start as a newspaper postboy which, ultimately, led to a career in travel and television. He used some wonderful photographs to illustrate his extensive travels around the world. The lecture was full of fascinating stories and it was heart-warming to hear how he was welcomed by tribes and indigenous people across the globe, in the most remote of locations.
Simon explained how COVID-19 is impacting protected wildlife through a lack of tourism and discussed climate change and what we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint, whilst maintaining our instinct for travel and adventure.
Prior to the lecture, a group of Sixth Form pupils had the opportunity to have dinner with Simon. He offered some inciteful advice about travelling after Sixth Form, and talked about the importance of his filming work, and the messages he tries to convey through these films about the world in which we live.
Dauntsey’s Sixth Former Olivia, who attended the dinner and lecture said:
“Simon had our attention captivated until the last minute, especially when he brought his suitcase of tricks on stage. It was filled with essential items to take on trips, from self-filtering water bottles to armour underwear.
“Simon inspired me to travel after my A-levels to as many countries as possible, to meet all native people, whilst remembering to take all of his recommended essentials!”
Notes to Editors:
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.
Forthcoming speakers include:
13th October: John Bird MBE
3rd November: Carrie Gracie
2nd February 2022: Dame Evelyne Glennie
9th March 2022: Sean Fitzpatrick
20th April 2022: Colonel Lucy Giles
All lectures commence at 7.30pm and will be held in the Memorial Hall. Everyone is welcome to the Lectures and entry is free but tickets must be reserved.
Please note that bookings for lectures will open approximately one month before the date of each lecture.
Please reserve your seats online:
or by contacting the School on 01380 814500.
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