The annual Tillotson Lecture has attracted eminent speakers over the years, many of them Old Boys, who have delivered thought-provoking addresses to the school community. Dating back to 1971, the Tillotson Lecture
was inaugurated and supported by the late Marcus Tillotson, himself influential in one of Bolton’s other institutions: the Bolton News. This gallery looks back on some of the more recent speakers and events.
2017: Reflecting on a 20 Year Career in the Arts - Old Boy Ralf Little, actor
2016: Long Distance Learning - Old Boy Chris Eatough, six times World Champion 24-hour solo mountain bike racer
2016: Living a Life of Faith Within Society - panel comprising Rabbi Ben Rickman, Revd Mark Poulson, Headmaster Philip Britton, Prof Mona Siddiqui OBE, Qari Muhammad Asim MBE and Dr Siema Iqbal
2016 Lecture Series: The Magna Carta and Human Rights - Old Boy Roy Battersby, Circuit Judge
2015: Bolton Past, Present & Future - panel comprising Cllr Carole Swarbrick, the Mayor of Bolton; the Rt Revd Chris Edmondson, Bishop of Bolton; Headmaster Philip Britton; Karen Edwards OBE, Chief Executive of BLGC; and Phil Gartside, Chairman of BWFC
2014: Telling Tales - Old Boy Andy Patterson, film producer
2013: The Rise of the Machines - Old Boy Bryan Appleyard, journalist and author
2011: The Olympic Legacy in the North West - Old Boy Sir Philip Craven (then President of the International Paralympic Committee), Lord Sebastian Coe, Old Boy Daniel Sliwinski (swimmer and Olympic hopeful) and Sophie Hancock (Paralympian)
2010: Twenty-First Century Boys - Sue Palmer, author of 'Toxic Childhood' and 'Twenty First Century Boys'
2008: The Me in Media - Old Boy Anthony Lilley OBE, Magic Lantern Productions and columnist