The National Army Museum have joined forces with the Victoria Gallery & Museum (VG&M), the Museum of Liverpool and our very own Williamson Art Gallery & Museum to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo which took place on June 18th 1815. The exhibitions will be open to the public this Saturday 6th of June.
Objects on display at the University of Liverpool's Victoria Gallery & Museums in their Waterloo Lives: Relics & Remembrance display will include the Eagle standard finial of the French 105th Infantry Regiment, which was captured by Captain Alexander Kennedy Clark, 1st (or Royal) Dragoons. The Brownlow Hill venue will also show a French brass shako plate, from a collection of items found on the battlefield by John Gage, FRS, and a camp kettle and stove, reputedly used by an officer of the French Dragoons at Waterloo.
The Museum of Liverpool is staging Waterloo Lives: Liverpool and the French connection from June 6 to October 25.
The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum will be hosting Waterloo Lives: The Story Behind the Painting, again opening on June 6. Our exhibition ends on the 25th of October.
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The partnership between the National Army Museum, which is currently closed for refurbishment, and the Merseyside venues is part of a nationwide programme of Waterloo commemorations.
National Army Museum director general Janice Murray said: “We’ve thoroughly enjoyed putting these exhibitions together, and want as many people as possible to engage with the personal stories that were shaped by the battle and its aftermath.”
Colin Simpson, Curator of the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, added: “ We’ve had our large painting of the Battle of Waterloo on display for years and it is great to have an opportunity to tell the story of the men who are shown in the painting and put it into context."
“The National Army Museum loans are of the real objects shown in the painting and we are also showing alongside items from the Williamson’s collection that have not been seen for many years.”