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Rare Battle of Trafalgar flag unfurled on Trafalgar Day

The union flag flown by HMS Minotaur in the thick of the fighting on 21 October 1805 has gone on display, after hanging for almost a century in a Kent church. Stepping on to the deck of the Victory shortly after daybreak on 21 October, Nelson saw enemy masts crowding the…

The truth behind the Battle of Trafalgar

Curator of Naval History, Dr James Davey, takes another look at the realities of Trafalgar and overturns some common misconceptions that persevere to this day.  Pointing out that history is fluid in its nature is hardly original, but it always surprises me that even the most well-known episodes from Britain’s past are constantly being reconsidered and…

Battle of Trafalgar – letters from the lower deck

Accounts of the Battle of Trafalgar often focus on the death of Nelson and the actions of his officers. One series of letters in our archives offer a very different view.  On 21 October 1805 the Battle of Trafalgar took place off the south western Spanish coast. Much celebrated in British…

Unpicking Nelson’s Trafalgar Uniform

21 October marks Trafalgar Day – the anniversary of one of Britain’s most important naval victories. Amy Miller has worked on the conservation of Nelson’s Trafalgar uniform. Through her work she can settle the debate whether the shiny orders adorning his coat led to his death at the hands of…

Museum Cakes – inspiration from the collection

On top of her work for our Photo Studio, Emily has been bringing another amazing talent to the museum. She’s been recreating our collection – in cake form!  For the past year I have been making and decorating cakes inspired by the Museum’s collections. It started with a Nelson cake and…