WAS A CORNISH MAN REALLY PIVOTAL TO WINNING THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO?
The Campaign Trail: Sir Hussey Vivian from Waterloo to Westminster Exhibition
Waterloo is one of the world’s most famous and important battles. We all know it was a showdown between the military giants of the time, Napoleon and Wellington, but was a Cornish man, Sir Richard Hussey Vivian really crucial to securing battle victory?
There is strong evidence to suggest that Hussey Vivian, at that time a Major General, commanded the 6th cavalry brigade that led the final crucial charge said to have resulted in victory at Waterloo on the morning of Sunday, 18 June 1815.
We have a small window of opportunity to keep this Waterloo inspired exhibition open in this the 200th year anniversary of the battle.
We, at the Royal Cornwall Museum, want to bring Waterloo history alive with a sense of nostalgia and pride focused around the Truro born Hussey Vivian– so visitors can learn, remember and have fun. Sadly if we don’t raise the £5,000 necessary this opportunity will be lost.
The exhibition features many previously hidden gems such as Hussey Vivian’s original weapons from Waterloo, his own essentials for the military front line, his medals, paintings from the time and last, but not least, Napoleon’s finger bowl.
Opaque white glass finger bowl with gilding, once belonging to Emperor Napoleon.
White Marble Busts of Napoleon and Wellington
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Dan Snow, TV presenter of many historical programmes and author of the book, The Battle of Waterloo Experience says: “The Royal Cornwall Museum is putting on a remarkable exhibition and Hussey Vivian was an important part of military history. This new exhibition is a chance for people to understand one man’s personal story and how that shaped the battle and its aftermath.”
Emma Bridgewater, Britain’s leading designer of pottery and direct descendant of Vivian added: “People of all ages fascinated by Waterloo will finally have a chance to see items from the Vivian family collection that have never been seen publically. I’ve even produced a limited edition Waterloo mug in support of the exhibition and to commemorate the 200th anniversary of this battle and Vivian’s involvement. Because of the small quantity these are fast becoming a collector’s item and a small number of these mugs are now available at the museum.”
Limited edition Waterloo mug designed by Emma Bridgewater.
The Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro is primarily run on donations, fundraising, everyday admissions, and we also apply for grants to help our facility and our programming. Please remember Cornwall may be a small corner of the UK but we have a big history to tell.