Captain Swing and the last great rising of agricultural labourers

February 19, 2019 - Mary Sullivan

As project partner for the Age of Revolution, The University of Kent has been blogging about their involvement and wider role in the dissemination of knowledge about the Age of Revolution. Here’s an edited highlight from their explainer about one of the colouful episodes and characters of the period, Captain Swing and the Swing Riots […]

Search is on to trace the descendants of Peterloo veterans

February 19, 2019 - Richard Moss

This photograph of 11 men and women shows the Failsworth Veterans of the Peterloo Massacre at a Great Reform Demonstration in Failsworth, Lancashire (now Greater Manchester) on September 27 1884. A good 65 years after the event, these ageing Victorian veterans were by then in their eighties, but they offered a tangible link with an […]

The unique Napoleonic chapel saved from ruin

January 7, 2019 - Richard Moss

An unusual Georgian Chapel which began life as part of a Napoleonic era barracks has been restored in Charlwood Surrey Providence Chapel in Charlwood, Surrey, was originally built in 1797 as the guardhouse of a barracks in Horsham for troops assembled to repel an expected invasion of a French army under Emperor Napoleon. After the […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: Dents and Diseases – Bonaparte’s Health

December 20, 2018 - Mick Crumplin

In his latest medical blog, Mick Crumplin discusses the health of Napoleon Of the three greatest heroes of the long wars against France and Napoleon, Nelson, Bonaparte and Wellington, only Nelson was to die in action. Nelson had suffered many illnesses and injuries during his short existence, arguably being most forward in close action. Wellington […]

Wellington Monument Restoration

December 6, 2018 - The Chairman

Last night I had the pleasure of visiting Apsley House once more, but this time it was  for a reception held by the National Trust to thank those who have contributed to the restoration of the Wellington Monument in Somerset.  Some £2m plus has so far been raised,  however there is still £1m plus to be […]

The News of Waterloo

November 17, 2018 - The Chairman

By chance last week I met the descendant of Lord Harrowby who was the Lord President of the Council at the time of Waterloo and was entertaining the cabinet on the night the news in the hands of Major Henry Percy arrived. Lord Harrowby’s residence was in Grosvenor Square, now No 44 the site of […]

Mike Leigh, the Historical Association and Peterloo

November 1, 2018 - Richard Moss

Mike Leigh talks about the historical sources for his groundbreaking film Peterloo with his historical adviser, the author and historian Jacqueline Riding, in this snippet from an interview with the Historical Association. The Historical Association website also offers some intersting resources and insights into the history of radicalism during the Age of Revolution – inlcuding […]

Income tax? Blame Old Boney

October 31, 2018 - The Chairman

Income Tax was the first tax in British history to be levied directly on people’s earnings. It was introduced in 1799 by the then Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger, as a temporary measure to cover the cost of the Napoleonic Wars. Today, it remains a temporary tax, which expires on April 5 each year, […]

London Zoo and the Great Duke

October 22, 2018 - The Chairman

Who would have guessed that the Duke of Wellington was one of the founders of London Zoo? Before 1828 exotic animals taken into captivity at the height of the British Empire were placed within the  Windsor Great Park and at Tower of London, a bizarre location for wild animals!  Not only were these establishments expensive […]

Inside George IV’s restored Brighton Saloon

October 15, 2018 - Richard Moss

One of the most opulent interiors from the Regency, the Prince Regent’s Saloon at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton opened in September after a major restoration that returned it to its full glory When George IV originally commissioned Robert Jones to create a radiant principal reception room for the Royal Pavilion in Brighton he wanted […]