Five objects from I object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent

September 7, 2018 - Richard Moss

Ian Hislop has been on a mission to find stories of dissent, subversion and satire hidden within the vast collections of the British Museum for a new exhibition I object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent. Showcasing over 100 objects that challenge the official version of events and defy established narratives, the items span three millennia […]

Wellington’s Irish birthplace

August 31, 2018 - The Chairman

On our recent trip to Ireland we spent some time in Dublin and were able to visit  24 Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, now the Merrion Hotel.  This is allegedly the birthplace of the Great Duke although there is a question that he was born at 6 Merrion Street, very close by. Anyway the Merrion Hotel were […]

Picton’s home goes under the hammer

August 29, 2018 - The Chairman

I read in today’s Country Life that Lieutenant Sir Thomas Picton’s old home in Carmarthenshire is about to go under the hammer. Iscoed Mansion was bought by Picton in 1804 but sadly now it is something of a ruin.  It remained in the Picton family until 1919. Whilst much of the estate has been sold […]

Ireland’s Wellington Monument

August 29, 2018 - The Chairman

A number of the Waterloo Association visited Ireland in August to see the many sites of the 1798 Rebellion which few people have heard of.  It so nearly toppled the British Empire and yet little is known. More about this later as the subject fits well into the Age of Revolution. But let us start […]

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 […]

Join the revolution!

July 10, 2018 - Anna Husband

  Can you suggest a great item from a museum, gallery or private collection to add to our Revolutionary collection? One that can tell a story of new ideas, change, uprising, invention? If so, we would love to hear from you!   The Age of Revolution focuses on the period 1775 – 1848, a time […]

Pondering Wellington’s Monument in Guildhall

July 2, 2018 - The Chairman

Last week I was in Guildhall for the election of sheriffs and this year there was a real competition for the election of the Aldermanic Sheriff.  It all took a very long time so my mind wandered to the magnificent marble memorial to Wellington sculpted by John  Bell.  There are three figures; the main one […]

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 […]

The Waterloo jacket of Thomas Harris

June 20, 2018 - The Chairman

An interesting item has come to the fore, and again on the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. A jacket worn by Thomas Harris – who was Hussey Vivian’s Brigade Major – was bought at auction by his descendants. A very good effort by them – they took it to Cranfield University to see if […]