Learn more about the people behind Waterloo 200.

Waterloo 200 Volunteers

Waterloo 200 would be impossible without the keen support and hard work of our volunteers. These experts, academics, and keen amateurs have discovered our 200 Objects and researched and written the information about them across the website.

Gemma Bagshaw: “Hi there. I’m Gemma; Napoleonic Wars student, 33rd Foot Re-enactor and member of Waterloo200’s Education Committee/Social Media Team, from Leeds. After studying the Napoleonic Wars at the University of Leeds, I was awarded an undergraduate research scholarship, through which I was given the chance to travel to London to meet the Waterloo200 Education Committee. That was nigh on four years ago now (and what a cracking trip that turned out to be!) Since then I have worked closely with Waterloo200 to build up and develop their social media and online presence. I established and maintain Waterloo200’s twitter, facebook and more recently Pinterest accounts.

This year is going to be huge, and our social media accounts continue to grow. I am getting ready for Napoleon’s escape and the start of the Hundred Days. Plans include the live tweeting of the Waterloo campaign (follow us on twitter #Waterloo1815) and of course the promotion of our fantastic “200 Objects of Waterloo” (#W200Items).


Lucy Bamford is the Senior Curator of Art for Derby Museums Trust. Having graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art with a first class honours degree in the History of Art in 2007, Lucy has a deep interest in the art of the eighteenth century as well as the wider social, cultural, and military history of the eighteenth century. Her main professional  speciality in the life and work of the noted artist Joseph Wright of Derby, and she has led on a number of research and development projects around the collection of Wright’s work held by Derby Museums.

Andrew Bamford is a freelance military historian and author. Having obtained his doctorate from the University of Leeds, with his thesis on the regimental system during the Napoleonic Wars, he has specialised in the history of the British Army during the long eighteenth century. He is the author of several books, including Sickness, Suffering, and the Sword published by the University of Oklahoma Press, and, most recently, Gallantry and Discipline: the 12th Light Dragoons at War with Wellington, published by Frontline Books. He is currently working on the second of two books dealing with the Netherlands Campaign of 1813-1814.

Dr Belinda Beaton did her D Phil at Oxford on cult of the Duke of Wellington.  She has been interviewed on BBC Radio 4, BBC 4, and the CBC.  Her freelance contributions have appeared in several Canadian publications and newspapers.

Owen Davis: “On a gap year, I am pursuing my ambition to be a writer and historical documentary maker. My first passion is Napoleonic History and I have had a number of articles published by Waterloo 200.  My particular interest in the Napoleonic period focuses on the personal accounts and stories behind the individuals who fought in the conflict, this has led me to undertake some experimental archeology with a Western Martial Arts group using contemporary fencing manuals to gain a better understanding of how these individuals wielded their weapons with such a devastating effect.

If I am not writing, or walking my dog, one of my other passions is creating Visual Effects VFX, which generally involve some form of explosion! Some of these VFX have featured in a number of short films, theatre productions and promos, the latest project that I’m involved in is a series of short historical films with E & O Productions.”

Carole Divall is a former teacher who now writes about the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, as well as lecturing on and researching issues connected with the wars. She is the author of four books, two of which comprise an in-depth study of the 30th Foot. Her particular interests are the British army of the period and the human dimensions of the wars.

John Divall was a former teacher and historian who was instrumental in creating the Waterloo 200 Digital Legacy Project. His tireless efforts on the Education Committee, and as a writer and webmaster, were invaluable for Waterloo 200. Unfortunately, John passed away in 2013.

You can read a full obituary of John’s life and his work on Waterloo 200 here.

William Fletcher is currently undertaking a MPhil/PhD at the Defence Studies Department, Joint Services Command and Staff College (Shrivenham). He has previously completed his MA in the History of Warfare and BA in War Studies at the War Studies Department, King’s College London. He is an associate member of the British Commission for Military History, sits on the Waterloo Association committee, and has previously been the Napoleonic Association’s Research Officer. He is also a volunteer at the Honourable Artillery Company archives.

Dr Russ Foster, B.A., Ph.D, F.R. Hist. Soc. was the first graduate to work on the Wellington Papers when they were deposited at Southampton University in 1983. Since then he has contributed over seventy articles to books and journals on various aspects of modern British history. He is a member of the Waterloo Associationand a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Dr Foster’s latest book is Wellington and Waterloo. The Duke, the Battle and Posterity 1815-2015 (The History Press, 2014).

Bill Harriman is a writer and broadcaster whose interest in firearms and other weapons stems from the time when he built kits of guns as a boy. He has a personal collection of over 150 military rifles and their accessories dating from the 1830s to the First World War.

As a specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow, he has sought to communicate his passion for weapons and their place in history to a wider audience. He has campaigned for fair and effective firearms laws that achieve a proper balance between the needs of public safety, the possession of firearms by suitable people for hunting, sport shooting and the preservation of heritage.

He is a professional member of the Forensic Science Society, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and an honorary historical advisor to the Royal Armouries Museum. He practices as a firearms forensic examiner and is a technical adviser to the Association of Chief Police Officers.

Martyn Lovell is a keen medal collector and President of the Northern Branch of the Orders and Medals Research Society. He is a keen military historian and researcher and has an interest in other militaria He has had 10 years service in the R.A.M.C. T.A.. Professionally he is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in South Manchester.

James Meynell is a retired banker with an interest in Napoleonic history and research. He was recruited by a member of the Waterloo 200 committee to help research and write up (via the National Army Museum) a few objects connected with the battle and which now appear on the Waterloo 200 website.

David Rogers is a retired Chartered Civil Engineer living in Shropshire. He has long had an interest in the Napoleonic Period, particularly the Peninsular War and Waterloo campaigns. He is a keen collector of medals, letters and diaries associated with this period, and a member of the Waterloo Association since 1983.