Waterloo Lives

Liverpool and the French connection

miniature sailing ship model in a display case

6 June to 25 October 2015

This display has finished

Liverpool's connection to the Battle of Waterloo was highlighted in this special display marking the 200th anniversary.

This display featured four examples from Merseyside Maritime Museum’s internationally important collection of 39 miniature ship models, which were made by captured French prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars.

The Battle of Waterloo was waged on a sodden field in Belgium on 18 June 1815 when the Duke of Wellington and his forces halted the advance of the French Army. Significant for many reasons, not least because it saw the end of Napoleon’s reign and heralded a long period of peace across Europe, the battle also marked an important stage in the development of the British Army because of the recognition each soldier received. 

Waterloo Lives was a touring exhibition, part of the National Army Museum’s Waterloo bicentenary events.

The Museum of Liverpool, Victoria Gallery and Museum and the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum each displayed exhibits as part of the National Army Museum’s Waterloo lives project, with each venue examining different aspects of the battle.

See the Waterloo 200 website for further information.

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