1940 – The man who remembered Wellington’s funeral

November 28, 2016 - The Chairman

We seem to have gone rather sonic all of a sudden, here is another clip (sound only) of a man, Frederick Mead, who spoke in 1940 about his memory as a child as his father went to The Great Duke’s funeral. Today St Paul’s holds 2500 or thereabouts, in 1852 it held something like 25,000. […]

Sean Bean documentary on Waterloo

November 27, 2016 - The Chairman

I came across this clip whilst browsing and it’s rather fun. Caught sight of our resident surgeon Mick Crumplin.  Just click on the centre of the image to watch it.

The curse of the Tipu’s ring

November 24, 2016 - The Chairman

Seeing the recent entry on social media about the ring which contains hair from Napoleon reminded me of the ring which was sold by Sotheby’s in May 2014. The ring illustrated here, with the name of Rama, a Hindu God in raised Devanagari script,  was allegedly taken from the hand of Tipu Sultan, The Tiger of […]

Julian Paget – Waterloo Historian – RIP

November 23, 2016 - The Chairman

On behalf of the Waterloo Association and Waterloo 200  I attended the Memorial Service for Julian Paget who died in September.  He had been a great authority on Waterloo and the battle around Hougoumont for many years. His book on Hougoumont (http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Hougoumont-Paperback/p/278) is the popular choice for those who wish to specialise in this part of […]

Wellington’s mounting block

November 18, 2016 - The Chairman

Thinking of Wellington’s charger Copenhagen the other day as I was writing a piece on that famous horse (watch out for a new object in our 200 iconic items collection) when I thought of the mounting block placed outside the Athenaeum Club in Waterloo Place. The Athenaeum was started as a club in the 1820s […]

A little known portrait of the Duke of Wellington

November 15, 2016 - The Chairman

This interesting picture of the Great Duke was thought to have been  painted by George Henry Harlow (1787-1817) and hangs in a private address in London.  George Harlow was a pupil of Sir Thomas Lawrence and copied a larger Lawrence of Wellington and therefore this is entirely plausible.  But there is a problem. George Harlow died […]

Famous 1927 Napoleon Film Restored

November 8, 2016 - The Chairman

Very shortly the famous Abel Gance silent epic on Napoleon made in the 1927 will be re released as a DVD and Blu ray.  This has been completed by the British Film Institute after a long and exhaustive search of cinema collections and libraries by the film historian Kevin Brownlow.   It is however five […]

Richard Holmes Remembered

November 5, 2016 - The Chairman

Recently Richard Holmes was remembered at the historic site he so valiantly fought to save and succeeded.  He once said that “I  will save Hougoumont even if it kills me”.  The sad thing is that he did indeed die prematurely but we can’t blame Hougoumont. He would have been thrilled by the result of his […]

A Strange Tale: Thomas Keneally on the last days of Napoleon

November 4, 2016 - The Chairman

This is an unusual book.  It’s a novel about Napoleon’s exile in St Helena and tells the story of the Ogre’s arrival and stay on the island from the eyes of a young girl who allegedly got to know him well. It’s a charming tale and is really in two parts “Before Lowe” and ” […]

The sad tale of Quatre Bras Farm

October 23, 2016 - The Chairman

This is the sad spectacle of the farm at the crossroads at Quatre Bras which is being demolished.  This spot is iconic of the period of the battle on 16th June 1815 when Marshal Ney attempted to bounce the Allies on and near this spot. This destruction has been threatened for many years and I […]