Monday, May 02, 2005


Museum honors Nelson's victory


Herald Express
May 02, 2005

Food in Napoleonic times is the "living history" theme for Brixham Museum, as the UK celebrates the 200th anniversary of Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Georgian-style tea parties, battlefield kitchens, special exhibitions and talks on victualling the English Navy will all be part of the port's big Heritage Festival Week to mark the anniversary. Napoleonic-style boot camps for youngsters are being staged at Berry Head country park, and adults can "take tea" in the style of Lady Hamilton at the museum in New Road during Festival Week from May 28 to June 4.

On June 4, a free entry day is being staged, particularly for local residents, to encourage people to explore what the museum has to offer, including ancestor-tracing services and family tree information, as well as the history of individual homes.

A spokesman said: "This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and, in recognition of this spectacular British naval victory, we will be focusing on food on land and sea during the years of struggle against the French.

"During the week there is a special exhibition on feeding and watering Nelson's Navy, exploring Brixham's support to the Royal Navy blockade of Brest from 1793-1805. On display will be finds from an 1805 shipwreck.

On May 31 and June 2, Lady Hamilton's Georgian afternoon tea parties will be staged, which must be pre-booked.

On May 31, from 10.30am to 11am, there is a talk by curator Dr Philip Armitage on The Food of Seafarers in the time of Nelson and, on June 1 from 10am to 5pm, a lace-making demonstration has been arranged, linked to costumes and fashions of the time.

Particularly for youngsters on June 4 from 10am to 2pm, a Napoleonic Boot Camp is taking place at Berry Head.

It is intended for girls and boys aged eight to 11 years and pre-booking is essential.

There is a small charge of £2.50, and the event includes army style rations at lunch time.

More information is available from the museum on Brixham 856267.


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