A new Waterloo film drama takes shape

May 26, 2017 - Richard Moss

A new film drama is being developed by filmmaker Blake Sporne that takes The Battle of Waterloo as the backdrop to a story that explores friendship, loyalty and family ties in times of extreme peril. ​ Developed with screenplay writer Ross Owen Williams, Producer Sporne has made a sumptuously filmed proof of concept for the new film, called […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: The field tourniquet

May 12, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

The Tourniquet (any instrument or device for temporarily constricting an artery of the arm or leg to control bleeding – the word is derived from 17th C. French – a device that operates by turning, from tourner, to turn) Since around 75% of injured survivors have traditionally been wounded in the limbs, it would seem […]

A lost Waterloo colour?

May 7, 2017 - The Chairman

Last week another interesting cutting in the Times.  This time on a Regimental colour from… allegedly Waterloo.  It says the colour was found in bits and when cleverly re assembled, there and behold was a colour of the Coldstream Guards.  However on examination of the photo in the paper I spotted a “Sphinx”.  This to […]

Marengo’s hooves …again!

May 1, 2017 - The Chairman

There has today been an interesting article about Marengo’s hooves  in the Times.  I mentioned recently the interesting moment when these two hooves were re-united.  I show the article, which you can properly read on The Times website. As you will know we already have both  hooves on our website at http://waterloo200.org/200-object/horses-hoof-snuff-mill/ and the other at http://waterloo200.org/200-object/marengos-hoof-snuffbox/.  One can […]

Napoleonic miniatures on show

April 21, 2017 - The Chairman

These two miniatures are part of the Portland Collection, originally at Welbeck Abbey,  being exhibited The Harley Gallery on the Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire  until 30 September 2017.  Miniatures were very fashionable in those days and the likeness of Napoleon matches other miniatures of the time. The miniature of Empress Josephine is interesting and of course […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: The curious case of Worsley’s balls

April 13, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

These must be one (or two!) of the weirdest relics of the Napoleonic War. Lieutenant Thomas Taylor Worsley, a Yorkshireman from Hovingham, was adjutant and a junior officer in the prodigious 95th Rifles – 3rd battalion. There were only two companies of this battalion at Waterloo. They fought with General Adam’s brigade, on Wellington’s right […]

Iconic painting of the Iron Duke saved

April 11, 2017 - The Chairman

It is indeed fantastic news that this fine painting of the Duke has been saved for the Nation to enjoy. Thought by many to be the best impression of the great man particularly as it focusses on his face alone. This was because Sir Thomas Lawrence, the artist,  died in 1830 before he could finish […]

The Prussian Service at Apsley House

March 27, 2017 - The Chairman

On 1 April Apsley House will open for the summer with an astonishing display.  The Prussian Dinner Service given to the Great Duke in 1817 by the Prussian King as a mark of gratitude at the victory at Waterloo.  It  is to go on display as a fully laid table as for a banquet. It […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: Limbless but Lucky

March 27, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

Three out of four surviving casualties in the French wars were hit on one or more of their limbs. Most were injured by small arms fire. Amputation of arm or leg would lead to a pension or sometimes, a miserable pauper’s life or even become a ‘badge of honour’ for the veteran. Lieutenant Colonel Henry […]

The Prince Imperial’s sword

March 24, 2017 - The Chairman

I recently mentioned the sword worn by the Prince Imperial when he was killed by Zulus whilst serving as British Officer in 1879. I wondered where it was and as the legend was that it was Napoleon’s sword that he had worn at Austerlitz it was relevant to this site. The truth is sadly more […]