Early Peterloo medal acquired by People’s History Museum

August 11, 2018 - Richard Moss

A number of commemorative medals were produced following the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, but this one, recently acquired by the People’s History Museum in Manchester, is believed to be one of the earliest. Its closeness to the terrible events of the notorious massacre of August 16 of 1819 when 18 people in a crowd of […]

A smart dressing gown for Napoleon

August 3, 2018 - The Chairman

This fine cloak of Napoleon’s has recently been in the news. It was picked for a special exhibition in Buckingham Palace over the summer.  This exhibition marks the Prince of Wales’s 70th Birthday. More details can be found on https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/themes/exhibitions/prince-patron/buckingham-palace The cloak is a magnificent Egyptian-style cloak and was worn by Napoleon the night before the […]

More on Colonel Harris

July 2, 2018 - The Chairman

I have discovered more about Captain Harris whose coateee was recently DNA tested. Having been wounded he was left in the open on the battlefield overnight and was only found by his Brigade Commander, Hussey Vivian and his cousin Clement Wallington. Harris was so weak he could only whistle quietly but this was enough to […]

Captain Cook voyages through The British Library

June 13, 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 other […]

Stephenson’s Rocket heads back up north to Manchester

June 13, 2018 - Richard Moss

The iconic Stephenson’s Rocket, which was built to run on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, the world’s first inter-city passenger railway line, will be on display at the Museum of Science and Industry from September 22 2018 until April 21 2019. Rocket secured its place in railway history after winning the Rainhill trials, in 1829. […]

Jeremy Bentham’s papers digitised online

June 13, 2018 - Richard Moss

Some 95,000 images from collections at Univeristy College London and The British Library have been captured in digital form, making them accessible to interested readers around the globe. Bentham is perhaps best known for formulating the ethical theory of utilitarianism: the idea that society should be organised to promote the greatest happiness of the greatest […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: An Amputation at the Hip Joint

June 11, 2018 - Mick Crumplin

In his latest medical blog, Mick Crumplin discusses one of the most difficult and dangerous medical procedures of the Napoleonic wars Sometimes we must marvel at how far human endurance can be stretched. This operation is an extremely stressful one, performed 200 years ago, 31 years before the discovery of anaesthesia. It entailed removal of […]

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. […]