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 […]

An interesting church

May 19, 2017 - The Chairman

Yesterday I attended the Memorial Service to Sir Ronald Hobson who died aged 96.  The service was held in the Grosvenor Chapel in South Audley Street.  Its a most beautiful church which might have been a Wren church but is not.  There are two relevant connections to Waterloo in this event. Foremost Ron Hobson was […]

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 […]

Wellington’s Legacy

May 11, 2017 - The Chairman

The other day  several ex members of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment which was sadly amalgamated in 2006 gathered at the school in Berkshire named after The Great Duke, Wellington College. School and Regiment meet.  It is now a leading public school and nurtures the memory of the Duke.  We were treated to a drumming […]

Join the TeachMeet Revolution

May 11, 2017 - Anna Husband

What do a giant pickled squid, virtual-reality masks, a group of teachers, cultural and digital providers and the original Wellington boot all have in common? They are, of course, the perfect ingredients for a lively and inspiring TeachMeet. For the uninitiated, a TeachMeet is simply a group of teachers and educators coming together to share […]

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 […]