This is one of three artificial legs made for Henry Paget, Lord Uxbridge, who commanded the British cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo. He was hit on the right knee by a canister shot, after the missile had passed over the neck of Wellington’s horse, Copenhagen.
This hat was worn by the French Emperor Napoleon when he commanded the French Army at the Battle of Waterloo.
Thomas Paine was one of the most influential writers and activists of his time who heavily influenced the American and French revolutions.
Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) was an American printer, inventor and scientist, who went on to become a Founding Father of the United States of America.
The first – and only – successful uprising of enslaved Africans, establishing Haiti as the first independent ‘black’ republic.
A series of wars which reconfigured nations and societies within Europe, across the Atlantic, and far beyond, culminating in the legendary Battle of Waterloo.
How the American colonies defied Britain, one of the mightiest powers on earth, to secure their independence and form a new federal republic – the United States of America.
The wars precipitated by the struggles for independence and attempts at empire building that characterise the Age of Revolution, and their impact on the changing world map.
Jean-Jacques Dessalines (1758 – 1806) was born into slavery in St Domingue (now Haiti) he went on to become the first ruler of the independent republic.
In 1791 Toussaint Louverture (1743 – 1803), who was born into slavery, led the first - and only - successful uprising of enslaved Africans.