Delve into your collections and join the revolution!

July 26, 2017 - Anna Husband

Does your collection include a revolutionary object, painting or manuscript? One that can tell a story of new ideas, change, uprising, invention? If so, we would love to hear from you! Waterloo200 is working with Culture24, the University of Kent and the Historical Association to create The Age of Revolution – an exciting resource and […]

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 […]

NPG campaigns to save famous portrait of the Duke of Wellington

November 3, 2016 - Richard Moss

  The National Portrait Gallery is hoping to add a distinguished and famously unfinished portrait of the Duke of Wellington to its collection with a major fundraising appeal. Sir Thomas Lawrence’s final portrait of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, has been offered to the gallery for £1.3 million with the appeal kick started via […]

Jane Austen200 celebrates a life in Hampshire in 2017

October 20, 2016 - Richard Moss

One of the great literary figures of the Napoleonic age will be celebrated in Hampshire during 2017 as Jane Austen 200 kicks into gear with events and exhibitions across the county of her birth. With 2017 marking the 200th anniversary of the death of the globally loved author, a year-long series of events in Hampshire […]

Summer Book Competition – Win Michael Crumplin’s Bloody Fields of Waterloo

August 15, 2016 - Richard Moss

  Competition now closed – thank you to all who entered! We are offering you the chance to win a copy of The Bloody Fields of Waterloo, Michael Crumplin’s masterly account of medical support and surgery during and after the battle. Part of the Waterloo 200 team, Michael is a retired surgeon from Wrexham, a […]

Napoleon, Abel Gance’s 1927 epic digitally restored

February 10, 2016 - Richard Moss

A new chapter in the story of one of the classics of silent cinema is about to begin as Abel Gance’s legendary epic, Napoleon (1927), is re-released in all of its operatic glory. A new digitally restored version of the cinematic triumph, courtesy of the BFI and director and historian Kevin Brownlow, will hit cinemas […]

George Rose: A black soldier at Waterloo

February 5, 2016 - Richard Moss

As the BBC releases details of its new landmark history programme, A Black History of Britain,  an interesting object in our 200 Objects of Waterloo online collection highlights the often forgotten role of black soldiers during the Napoleonic period. The discharge papers of George Rose, held at the National Archives, reveal the service history of […]

Brontë200 launches with Charlotte Brontë exhibitions

February 3, 2016 - Richard Moss

The 200th birth anniversary of Charlotte Brontë, one of the key figures of the later Georgian and early Victorian eras, is remembered in 2016 as the Brontë Society launches Brontë200 with a trio of exhibitions. The author of Jane Eyre is celebrated in her former home, the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, Yorkshire with an […]

Waterloo on Show at Tate Britain

June 30, 2015 - Alwyn Collinson

This is a guest article by Greg Sullivan, Tate Britain Curator of British Art 1750 – 1830, and curator of the new Fighting History exhibition open until 13th September. The responses of artists to military victory is rarely straightforward. A walk around Tate Britain at present will tell you less about what happened at Waterloo […]

Watch an Epic Battle

June 22, 2015 - Alwyn Collinson

I’ve called this a “guest article”, but it’s really more of a guest video. Production company Epic History TV have made this fantastic segment explaining the Battle of Waterloo, which we post with their permission. I particularly love the animations which show the ebb and flow of the fighting over the day. Watch now: