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Have you ever wondered how Stanley Head’s rooms got their names? Read below to find out about the inspirational men and women behind the names!

Ainslie Dorm | Sir Ben Ainslie

Sir Charles Benedict Ainslie, (born 5 February 1977) is an English competitive sailor. Ainslie is one of the most successful sailors in Olympic history. He won medals at five consecutive Olympics from 1996 onwards, including gold at the four Games held between 2000 and 2012.

Ainslie was born in Macclesfield, started sailing at the age of eight and first competed at the age of ten, and is one of three athletes to win medals in five different Olympic Games in sailing.

Bonington Classroom | Sir Chris Bonington

Sir Christian John Storey Bonington,  (born 6 August 1934) is a British mountaineer. Bonington first began climbing in 1951 at age 16, his career has included nineteen expeditions to the Himalayas, including four to Mount Everest.

Fiennes Room | Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet (born 7 March 1944), commonly known as Ranulph "Ran" Fiennes, is an English explorer and holder of several endurance records.  According to the Guinness Book of World Records in 1984, he was the world's greatest living explorer. 


In 1993 he joined nutrition specialist Dr Mike Stroud to become the first to cross the Antarctic continent unsupported; they took 93 days.

Hargreaves Dorm | Alison Hargreaves

Alison Jane Hargreaves (17 February 1962 – 13 August 1995) was a British mountain climber from nearby Belper in Derbyshire. Her accomplishments included scaling Mount Everest alone, without supplementary oxygen or support from a Sherpa team, in 1995. 

In 1995, Hargreaves intended to climb the three highest mountains in the world—Mount EverestK2, and Kangchenjunga—unaided. On 13 May 1995, she reached the summit of Everest without the aid of Sherpas or bottled oxygen; on 13 August, she died while descending from the summit of K2.

Haskett-Smith Classroom| Walter Parry Haskett-Smith

Walter Parry Haskett Smith (28 August 1859 – 11 March 1946) is often called the Father of Rock Climbing. His most famous climb was his 1886 first ascent of the Napes Needle, which he accomplished, by himself, without any sort of protective devices - eschewing the use of ropes, spikes, and ladders as aids required by inferior climbers. 

Shackleton Classroom| Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (15 February 1874 – 5 January 1922) was a British Antarctic explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic. In 1914 Shackleton turned his attention to the crossing of Antarctica from sea to sea, via the South pole.  


Disaster struck this expedition when its ship, Endurance, became trapped in pack ice and was slowly crushed before the shore parties could be landed. The crew escaped by camping on the sea ice until it disintegrated, then by launching the lifeboats to reach Elephant Island and ultimately South Georgia Island, a stormy ocean voyage of 720 nautical miles (1,330 km; 830 mi) and Shackleton's most famous exploit.


In 1921, he returned to the Antarctic with the Shackleton–Rowett Expedition, but died of a heart attack while his ship was moored in South Georgia. 

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