Welcome to the first talk in our third year of the Winter Lecture Series. This lecture places the liberation of Portugal (1808) within its economic, logistical, political, and social context. It culminated in the defeat of Junot at Vimeiro and the Convention of Cintra. The French had no option but to accept evacuation on British […]
Historic England have just released a report on the Woolwich Rotunda, it covers the history of this fascinating structure and options for it’s future. Well worth taking the time to read. Click the link below to download the PDF. The Woolwich Rotunda is a structure of international significance, listed grade II*. Designed by the architect […]
The following pages are taken from the memoirs of Commissary-General Tupper Carey. He joined the Commissariat Department in 1808 at the age of sixteen, and was immediately sent out to the Peninsula. He accompanied the Light Brigade of Cavalry on their retreat to Vigo. With the exception of a few months, when he was invalided […]
The mournful story of the death of the Duke of Wellington at Walmer Castle on 14th September 1852
The 18th Century aristocracy were addicted to written communication. They wrote copious letters and kept detailed diaries of their everyday activities. It is therefore doubly curious that there still remains uncertainty about both the birthdate and the birthplace of Arthur Wesley, First Duke of Wellington.