Nelson and Norfolk
From Saturday 29th July 2017 10:00 to Sunday 1st October 2017 17:00
This major exhibition will gather together some of the most extraordinary and potent objects connected to Admiral Lord Nelson, reflecting his naval victories, his relationships and above all his affection for his native county of Norfolk.
It will examine Nelson’s reputation and the extraordinary way in which his life and achievements were commemorated at the time of his death and have continued to exert a powerful fascination in the two hundred years since.
His symbolic importance to the country and the nature of his ‘Immortal’ memory will be a central theme.
Among the important objects on display will be the black velvet drape from his funeral car, a uniform worn by a Greenwich Volunteer who guarded Nelson’s coffin during his two day lying-in-state, a model of the funeral barge made by a French prisoner of war at Norman Cross and extensive Nelson funeral memorabilia.
Alongside these important artefacts from the Norfolk Museums Service collections – which have not been displayed together before – will be significant loans from other museums.