Nelson's County

Throughout August we are hosting a special exhibition looking at Nelson’s County, Norfolk.

Fusion Gallery:
Mon 5 - Sat 31 Aug 10am-5pm - closed Sundays.

The exhibition consists of artefacts, images and film all exploring the life and death of Lord Nelson.

Who was Lord Nelson?
Horatio Nelson was born in Burnham Thorpe in 1758. His father was the rector, and he was one of 11 children, three of whom died in infancy. He was educated at Norwich Grammar School, Downham Market School and at the Paston Grammar School in North Walsham.

His mother died when Nelson was nine, leaving his father to raise all his children on a low income. In order to provide for the family, the children had to be found employment and Nelson went to sea in 1771 at the age of 12.

Nelson’s most celebrated victory occurred in 1805. Nelson was sent after the French in his flagship called the Victory. He cornered them at Cape Trafalgar. On 21 October 1805 the Battle of Trafalgar began. Before the battle Nelson sent a signal in semaphore to his fleet stating ‘England expects that every
man will do his duty’. The French fleet was completely disorganised and Nelson changed his tactics accordingly. After only five hours the British had captured 17 ships and burnt one of the 33 French ships.
It was during this battle that Nelson was shot by a French sniper. He died in 1805 aged 47.

See the Lord Nelson Funeral Drape:
The drape, which was hung on the side of the funeral carriage in January 1806, will form the centre piece of the exhibition. Read more in our Heritage Blog here

To bring you this exhibition, we've been filming at HMS Victory. Take a peek on board in our Vimeo clip by clicking the image below.

Here are some of the Nelson activities you can enjoy during the exhibition:

See an HMS Victory sculpture made from timber from the ship and meet Lord Nelson himself. You can even buy gift items made from real HMS Victory timber.
Atrium 9am-5pm

Fri 30 & Sat 31 Aug
Millennium Library Heritage Centre 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm

Lord Horatio Nelson resource days. The Vernon Castle Room has items from the Library’s Nelson Collection on display & staff will be around to answer questions & provide more information about the collection.

* Nelson portrait - top right:
Lord Nelson sat for this portrait, by British artist Matthew Keymer, at the Wrestler’s Inn, Great Yarmouth, in 1801. Reproduced with kind permission from the Nelson Museum, Great Yarmouth, and Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

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