Waterloo anniversary marked by Wisbech school children

Opening of Napoleon exhibition at Wisbech Museum. unveiling of a painting by Elm Rd school children
Opening of Napoleon exhibition at Wisbech Museum. unveiling of a painting by Elm Rd school children
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Wisbech schoolchildren have helped to celebrate the 200th anniversary of one of the key battles in British history.

Children from Elm Road School helped staff at Wisbech Museum to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo and the defeat of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte on June 18, 1815.

Wisbech Museum has a large painting of Napoleon – who had established a large European empire but his progress was halted by the Duke of Wellington – which cannot be moved from the library.

Youngsters, who are members of the Saturday Museum Club, each created a section of the painting to hang close to the exhibition.

Assistant curator Robert Bell said: “Each of the children took a different section of the painting to create.

“This was the first time they had seen it fully assembled.

“We are talking about the possibility of lending it back to the school.

“They are quite proud of it.”

The museum is also lucky enough to have Napoleon’s breakfast service, which was found after the Battle of Waterloo.

The dinner service is one the items which were donated to the museum by benefactor, the Rev Chauncey Hare Townshend, during the 1960s.

The museum also has an original manuscript from Charles Dickens masterpiece, Great Expectations.

The exhibition will run at the museum, which is one of the oldest in the country, until Saturday, July 11.

For more go to: www.wisbechmuseum.org.uk