About Waterloo 200

Waterloo200logoWaterloo 200 is the official body recognised by the UK government to support the commemoration of the Battle of Waterloo during its bicentenary in 2015 and beyond. It can bestow official status upon organisations that it feels would make a valuable contribution to the bicentenary commemoration and, indeed, the general good of the countries involved.

Waterloo 200 is supporting a diverse range of activities; in 2015 it supported a service of commemoration at St Paul’s Cathedral and it continues to support to the restoration of Hougoumont Chateau on the Waterloo battlefield in Belgium. Waterloo 200 is also working in partnership with the National Army Museum and Culture 24, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, to promote all bicentenary and Waterloo events and exhibitions across Europe.

To contact the Waterloo 200 charity, please email enquiries@waterloo200.org.

Background

In 1973 the Duke of Wellington founded the Waterloo Committee following a successful joint effort with Lord Anglesey to stop the building of a motorway across the Waterloo battlefield in Belgium. Since then the Waterloo Committee has continued to preserve and enhance the battlefield, encourage historical research and promote public education and appreciation of the history of the wars between Great Britain, her allies, and France. Waterloo 200 achieved charitable status in 2009.

A Message from the 8th Duke of Wellington

 

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‘I am often asked whether we should not now, in these days of European unity, forget Waterloo and the battles of the past. My reply is, history cannot be forgotten and we need to be reminded of the bravery of the thousands of men from many nations who fought and died in a few hours on 18th June 1815 and why their gallantry and sacrifice ensured peace in Europe for 50 years’.

His Grace the 8th Duke of Wellington, KG LVO OBE MC DL

The 8th Duke passed away on 31 December 2014. Waterloo 200 regrets that the most passionate supporter of the commemorations surrounding the bicentenary of Waterloo did not live to see the event itself.

 

OpCo Members

Waterloo 200 is managed by the Operations Committee, the members of which are: 
Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter KCVO, OBE, DL

Major General Webb-Carter is the Chairman of Waterloo 200 and has been so since its creation. Appointed by the Duke of Wellington as Chairman of the Association of Friends (now the Waterloo Association) in 2001 he set up Waterloo 200 in 2005 when the bicentenary of the Battle Trafalgar was being commemorated.

He was educated at Wellington College and his father served in the Second World War in the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment.  His career was spent in the British Army until he retired in 2001 in the rank of Major General.  He was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards with whom he served until he commanded their 1st Battalion. He served mostly in Germany and the MoD and his last appointment was GOC London District and Major General Commanding the Household Division where he sat at the Great Duke’s desk in Horse Guards.

On leaving the Army he took up the appointment of Controller of the Army Benevolent Fund until 2012. He was instrumental in the re branding of the charity in 2010. He is about to be Master of the Worshipful Company of Farriers and is a deputy Lieutenant of the County of Gloucestershire.

Timothy Cooke

Tim Cooke has been actively involved with Waterloo 200 from the outset and is co-Chairman, a director & trustee plus a member of the Operating Committee.

Graduating in 1981 with a degree in history, he joined Barclays where he worked for more than 20 years before moving to Lloyds Banking Group where he is now Chairman of the subsidiary which manages the operations in the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and other jurisdictions.

He is a member of Council for The Society for Army Historical Research, a trustee of the National Army Museum Development Trust and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers. For a number of years he wrote articles for military history journals, although this has been subsumed by the opportunities to support Waterloo 200.

Mrs Alice Berkeley

Alice is a member of several of the Committees, including the Executive Committee, Education, International and Culture.  A founder member of Project Hougoumont, which is concerned with raising funds for the renovation of this iconic farm on the battlefield, Alice is responsible for the links between Waterloo 200 and Belgium.

Having read modern European history at university, it was not until ten years after graduation that Alice discovered the Peninsular Wars through the British Historical Society of Portugal. During the five years that she and her husband lived in Lisbon she edited and published New Lights on the Peninsular War, wrote and published, with Susan Lowndes Marques, English Art in Portugal, and wrote various articles for the BHS Journal and for The World of Interiors magazine.

Following a move to Brussels in 1994 Alice’s interests extended to the Battle of Waterloo. As an active member of the Waterloo Committee in Belgium, Alice gained first-hand experience of the problems involved in making improvements to the battlefield.

Alice now lives in London.

James Morrow

James is the administrative co-ordinator for Waterloo 200 and Company Secretary of Waterloo 200 Ltd.

A career banker with 35 years’ experience in senior management with HSBC Bank in the Far East, Middle East and North America, James now works part-time for Charteroak Estates Ltd  in Somerset and also assists Jackson Stopps & Staff.

Michael Crumplin MB BS MRCS FRCS (Eng and Ed) FINS FHS

Michael chairs the Education Committee. A retired consultant surgeon, he was educated at Wellington College and the Middlesex Hospital.

He has, for over 40 years, taken an interest in military, naval and surgical history. He writes, lectures nationally and internationally and advises students, researchers, authors and the media. He has published four books and has acted as medical advisor for programmes, including the film ‘Master and Commander’. His principal purpose with history is to promote interest in the human cost of war.

He is a curator and archivist at the College of Surgeons, and is treasurer and trustee of the Waterloo Association.

Tom Wright CBE

Tom Wright CBE is Group Chief Executive of Age UK. Tom is also a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum, Chair of the IWM Trading Company, and a Trustee of the Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum. He is Chair of STAR, the self regulating body for the ticketing industry, Chair of the British Gas Energy Trust, and Chair of RHCAdvantage, the creative marketing agency for mature audiences. He also sits on the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). Prior to joining Age UK, Tom Wright was CEO of VisitBritain. Previous roles include the Saga Group, where he was Managing Director of Saga Holidays and a Group Board Director. He was also on the committee for Trafalgar 200.

Peter Warwick BSc(Econ) MCIPR FRGS

Author, historian and major public event organiser, Peter chairs the International Committee for Waterloo 200. He was vice-chairman of the Official Nelson Commemorations Committee and played a central role in the planning and organisation of The Trafalgar Festival, T200 and Sea Britain 2005, including the organisation of The Emirates Thames Nelson Flotilla and The New Trafalgar Dispatch. He is the only member of OpCo who has served on both bicentennial committees.

Peter worked in the City as an economist for over twenty years before moving freelance into marketing and communications consultancy. He recently established Thames Alive which was directly involved in the arrangements for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay from Hampton Court Palace to the Pool of London, the manpowered squadron of The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant and is assisting with Gloriana The Queen’s Row Barge.

Peter is a recognised authority on Admiral Lord Nelson and gives lectures worldwide on naval and polar history. He is chairman of The 1805 Club, the charity conserving the monuments and memorials of the Georgian sailing navy.

 Kirk Roderick Williams

Kirk Roderick Williams, born in England, brought up in Germany and now living in Hamburg. For 20 years he has been working in corporate publishing and as a historical consultant in various media. He was long-time editor of the magazines See Sozial and See Sicherheit. He now works as an author and consultant for the German marine administration, shipping organizations and their respective industry publications. His personal interests, apart from history in general, range from the fascinating world of sea birds to early industrial culture and the history of photography.

In 2012 he curated an exhibition on the history of Blohm & Voss shipyards at the International Maritime Museum in Hamburg. In cooperation with the industry he is currently curating and organizing a world tour of the exhibition Triumph and Crisis: The Evolution of Industrial Shipbuilding and the Example of Blohm + Voss.

Justin Davies

Justin Davies read history at Cambridge University before being commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in 1992. After serving in the United Kingdom and Bosnia he worked for the Foreign Office from 1999 to 2012 seconded to international organisations in the Western Balkans, Brussels, Iraq, the Palestinian Territories, Aceh and Yemen. He is currently a consultant in international crisis management and peace processes.

He is also on the organising committee of the Duchess of Richmond’s Ball and a member of the Executive Committee of Project Hougoumont. Funded as a charity by the British and Walloon governments, corporate and individual sponsors in Belgium and the UK to the tune of €3.2 million, Project Hougoumont is restoring the remains of the derelict farm to as close to how it was in 1815 as possible. A museum and a memorial to the British Regiments that fought at Waterloo are being installed.