Waterloo Study Day


Presented by The Waterloo Association and Royal Armouries

Tickets can be purchased here through Eventbrite for £5 per delegate.

Programme (see below for details of talks):

10.00am Registration
10.30am – 11.30am Brexit at Waterloo by John Morewood
11.30am – 11.45am Break
11.45am – 12.45pm The Waterloo Cartoon: Daniel Maclise Mark Murray Flutter.
12.45pm – 1.15pm Frozen in Time by Paul F. Brunyee
1.15pm – 2.00pm Lunch Break
2.00pm – 3.00pm Thank God we have the Navy by Carole Divall
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break
3.15pm – 4.15pm Jane Austen in War by Paul F. Brunyee
4.30pm Ends

Please note that refreshments and lunch are not included. There are cafes and picnic areas in the museum, as well as shops and restaurants in the local area.

Brexit at Waterloo – How Wellington managed his European army

Speaker: John Morewood
Secretary of The Waterloo Association and author of Waterloo General

As the battle began on Sunday 18 June 1815 and well before the first Prussian soldier had arrived, the British element of Wellington’s army was already in the minority. Only 35% of his troops were British. Of the rest 5% were Belgian, 15% were Dutch, and the rest, 45%, were German. Wellington, with his characteristic iron grip, mixed his raw recruits with his veterans. How did they all perform? John Morewood tells us what went right, what went wrong and much in-between. This was no time for Brexit!

The Waterloo Cartoon: Daniel Maclise

Speaker: Mark Murray Flutter
Senior Curator & Analyst, National Firearms Centre, Royal Armouries

Mark will discuss Daniel Maclise’s ‘cartoon’ for ‘The Meeting of Wellington and General Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo’, which was considered to be a masterpiece of its time. When it was first shown to the public in 1859, it caused a sensation, artists and critics described it as ‘magnificent’ and ‘a marvel in art’. Produced as a full-scale preparatory drawing for a wall-painting that can still be seen in the House of Lords, it measures nearly 14 metres in width and over 3 metres in height. Unusually for a ‘cartoon’ of this type, nearly every inch of the surface is finished in incredible detail and showcases the artist’s impressive skills as a draughtsman.

Frozen in Time – Yorkshiremen on the newly restored Siborne model at the Royal Armouries

Speaker: Paul F. Brunyee
Editor of the Waterloo Journal and author of Napoleon’s Britons

Brilliantly restored, Siborne’s model of the action at either side of the crossroads is a modelling marvel. Based on an iconic moment in the battle, Yorkshiremen from across the county are represented on it in the infantry, the cavalry and the artillery. Paul Brunyee will take us through who was present, where they came from, what they saw and for the survivors, what life had in store for them beyond the battlefield.

Thank God we have the Navy! – The British Army of the 179Os

Speaker: Carole Divall
Author of several works on the British Army and the Duke of Wellington

Jane Austen amongst many was told that though the army might falter and stumble in Flanders the wooden walls of the Navy would hold back and then triumph over the revolutionary forces of republican France. Carole Divall, an acknowledged expert in the administration of the British Army will reveal to us what went wrong in this period and how reforming voices came to take charge of the demoralised army and change its training, its conditions of service and its leadership which would finally lead to triumph in Spain and Portugal and at Waterloo.

Jane Austen in War – Henry Austen and the mutiny of the Oxford Militia in 1795

Speaker: Paul F. Brunyee
Editor of the Waterloo Journal and author of Napoleon’s Britons

2017 marks the bicentennial of Jane Austen’s death. Linked to this commemoration is this examination of the events of spring 1795. In Sussex, disillusioned militiamen complained, then protested and finally broke out into open mutiny over their poor living conditions and the desperate plight of their families during the nationwide food shortages. The lash, the gallows and the firing squad awaited some. In the first presentation of these research findings, Paul Brunyee will ask, what happened, who was truly guilty, who were the ordinary men behind the newspaper headlines and what was the government really frightened of?