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 […]

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 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 […]

Teach Meet – What is it?

March 21, 2017 - The Chairman

Well., I had no idea until Serjeant Gibson and I poled up yesterday at the Museum of London.  Serjeant Gibson was  somewhat suspicious and thought I was going to leave him there as an exhibit. But no, we were there for a “Teach Meet”. In fact it was a very jolly couple of hours in […]

Wellington’s Men Remembered

March 19, 2017 - The Chairman

On Thursday the Waterloo Association had its AGM and it was enhanced by a most interesting talk on the strategy, rather than the tactics, of the Waterloo campaign. Readers of this blog should look out for the publication of John Hussey’s magnum opus on Waterloo which goes into the minutest detail of the campaign and […]


March 12, 2017 - The Chairman

Maybe reenactors and their activities are not your style and Serjeant Gibson is sceptical.  However I have just come across a very good bit of film on reenactment of Waterloo where most of the talking is by our own resident surgeon, Mick Crumplin. I really recommend you look at the clip here It’s Mick at […]

Age of Revolution – Haiti

March 5, 2017 - The Chairman

When we decided on the phrase “Age of Revolution” for the overall theme of Waterloo 200 going forward we included the period from the American Revolution ie 1775.  However on viewing the material this now brings into play I was startled to see the Haitian Revolution of 1791 to 1804 is to be included. I […]

Sleep with history at Hougoumont

March 1, 2017 - The Chairman

Recently I and my wife took the widow of Brigadier Professor Richard Holmes to stay a few nights in the Farm at Hougoumont.  Serjeant Gibson came along too to protect us from the ghosts. He, Richard not Serjeant Gibson, had been a prime mover in the saving of this important site. Until he turned his energy […]

Blücher’s Elephant

February 27, 2017 - The Chairman

The remarkable Blücher was the major influence in the successful 1814 campaign in which eventually the Allies occupied Paris but he did have problems. At one stage after the 1806-7 defeat of Prussia by Napoleon he suffered a breakdown, a side effect of which was to have hallucinations about giving birth to an elephant! In […]