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EXHIBITION: Waterloo and the March of Science

September 4, 2015

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Until 3 December

An exhibition commemorating the Bi-Centenary of the Battle of Waterloo.

Bath Astronomer William Herschel visited Napoleon and the Empress Josephine in Paris during the fragile Peace of Amiens in 1801, and the Waterloo and the March of Science exhibition both examines the impact of the Napoleonic Wars at local level and questions how science and technology responded to the culmination of nearly two decades of war with France.

The exhibition also explores the social history of the Napoleonic Wars and the final defeat of Bonaparte, whilst the dining room of 19 New King Street is set out for a special Waterloo victory celebration dinner, of the sort which took place across the country after 18th June 2015.

On display at the Herschel Museum are engravings and cartoons relating to the battle as well as some interesting objects, including a copy of the Bath Chronicle dating to June 1815 when news was beginning to trickle through about the defeat of Napoleon.

Commenting on the exhibition Museum Curator, Debbie James said: “The final and decisive battle which ended the period of turmoil across Europe is the subject of many commemorative events and exhibitions and we are pleased that the Herschel Museum is able to be part of this historic anniversary. We have also planned a programme of educational activities and lectures to accompany the exhibition.”

There has been an enthusiastic response from Museum visitors and comments include:

‘A very interesting and well-presented exhibition’

‘So glad we came and saw the wonderful Waterloo anniversary exhibition’

‘Excellent exhibition, well worth a visit’

‘A very interesting exhibition’


‘Very good to see all the Waterloo pictures and writings and the garden’

Nerys Watts, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: “In the bicentenary year of the Battle of Waterloo, we’re pleased to support this project which will cast a scientific perspective on the legacy the battle had. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, visitors will also get an insight into the local experience of the conflict.”


September 4, 2015
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Herschel Museum of Astronomy
19 New King St,
Bath, BA1 2BL United Kingdom
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