Captain Cook voyages through The British Library

April 30, 2018 - Richard Moss

The British Library follows the journeys of the man who opened up the world during the age of Revolution – in James Cook: The Voyages Captain James Cook’s name has always been synonymous with exploration and adventure, but even in the 1770s when the American Revolutionary War was underway, such was his fame that none […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: Battlefield head wounds and trepanning

March 29, 2018 - Mick Crumplin

For his latest medical blog Mick Crumplin discusses head wounds on the battlefield and the ancient medical practice of trepanning Of all wounds inflicted in warfare, roughly 20-25% of them are head injuries. With modern day treatment, about 80% or more patients will survive to serve a ‘useful’ life. The bony skull or cranium protects […]

New film explores the medical museum at Mont-Saint-Jean Farm

March 21, 2018 - Richard Moss

 A new film produced by the University of Portsmouth promotes the new medical museum at Mont-Saint-Jean Farm, the famous site of the British field hospital at the Battle of Waterloo When one considers the great advances in surgery that have been achieved on the back of battlefield medicine, it is perhaps surprising that the […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: The Sad Case of Captain St Pol

February 9, 2018 - Mick Crumplin

Mick Crumplin’s latest medical blog is the gory tale of an officer who refused to have his leg amputated St Pol, an officer in the 7th or Royal Fusiliers was about to scramble up the great breach at Badajoz, during the furious and multiple assaults on that place on the night of 6 April, 1812. […]

Pots with Attitude: British Satire on Ceramics, 1760-1830

January 23, 2018 - Richard Moss

The British Museum explores the explosion of British satire on ceramics and in prints during the Georgian period including a selection of fascinating Napoleonic themed objects Ceramics are rarely confrontational, yet when printed with political messages with a powerful agenda, they are transformed. These Napoleonic-era prints and pots reflect a period when the threat of […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: John Hunter, Father of Scientific Surgery

December 15, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

Mick Crumplin’s latest medical blog features the great scientific surgeon, John Hunter In the history of Britain, Scotland has a right to stand proud of its disproportionate contribution to our nation’s growth and reputation. Through the Age of Scottish Enlightenment and systematically making provision for educating its youth in parish schools and universities, Scotland injected […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: Lieutenant George Simmons ‘Most Dangerous Wound’

November 2, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

Mick Crumplin continues his medical blog with the story of the terrible suffering and survival of a young officer in the Peninsular Wars and at Waterloo It is nigh impossible to imagine how much this young officer suffered after being desperately wounded at the Battle of Waterloo. He was incredibly fortunate to have survived. George […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: How Nelson lost his arm

September 5, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

Mick Crumplin continues his Napoleonic era medical blog by looking at Nelson’s trauma at Tenerife Lord Nelson was a leader both inspirational and impetuous in style. He would often pay a price for these traits. In the early years of the Napoleonic war, the Royal Navy was having considerably more success than the nation’s land […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: Leeches, humours and Napoleon’s piles

August 18, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

Mick Crumplin continues his medical blog by looking at the use of leeches in medicine and their use prior to the Battle of Waterloo The practice of bleeding patients was used through centuries. It was based on the Galenic theory of the balance of the four humours of the body (blood, phlegm, black and yellow […]

Famous Guide at Waterloo

August 16, 2017 - The Chairman

Through one of Waterloo 200’s associations with the website, The Online Book Company, a fascinating story has come to light.  A lady in the United States has unearthed her ancestor as Joseph Munday who was a friend of Sergeant Cotton and took over his guiding business on the battlefield of Waterloo when Cotton died in […]