Find out how the Navy stopped Napoleon invading Britain during the wars against Revolutionary France.

In the early 19th century Napoleon amassed an army 200,000 strong, poised to invade England. The only thing standing between this invasion force and Britain was the Channel Fleet, commanded from 1803 by Admiral William Cornwallis, resident of Newlands Manor in Milford. This unique exhibition tells the story of the period between 1793 and 1805, when Britain was at war with revolutionary France. It focuses on the important contribution made by Admiral Cornwallis and two of his contemporaries – Admiral Robert Man of Pennington House and Rear Admiral John Peyton of Priestlands – during the naval battles of the period and running up to the defeat of Napoleon’s fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar.

The exhibition includes rarely seen portraits from private collections, returning to the county for the first time in over a hundred years, alongside well-known items such as JMW Turner’s second sketch for ‘The Battle of Trafalgar’, on loan from Tate.

There will be children’s activities throughout the exhibition, including a 3D jigsaw of a ship skeleton, and a weekend of events in Milford-on-Sea on 5-7 July to commemorate the bicentenary of Cornwallis’s death.

This exciting exhibition has been created in partnership with the Milford-on-Sea Historical Record Society and the New Forest National Park Authority.

  • Adults £6, Concession £5, Family £12

    Concessions: Yes
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, St Barbe Museum New Street, Lymington, SO41 9BH