Bankfield Museum are joining forces with the National Army Museum to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with a special exhibition.
The exhibition commemorates the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment at the Battle of Waterloo and objects on display include Duke of Wellington’s own Waterloo medal and original Wellington boots.
A ‘Pop Up Pub’, The Duke of Wellington, featuring historical characters from the battle, will visit Halifax town centre tomorrow, staffed by a group of historical characters from the time who will recount their tales of life on the battlefield.
While the National Army Museum in London is closed for refurbishment, Bankfield has been chosen as the only site in Yorkshire to benefit from their collection and host a Waterloo Lives exhibition.
Waterloo Lives: Wellington’s Redcoats commemorates 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo, and the exhibition tells the story of the ordinary men and women who experienced one of the most dramatic and decisive battles ever fought by the British Army.
The exhibition will take up one of Bankfield’s largest spaces, and will feature original weapons, uniforms, medals and paintings from the time of the Battle, including an officer’s cap with a bullet hole received during the battle, the Duke of Wellington’s campaign bed and a pair of his original boots and a section of Waterloo oil paintings.
Calderdale Council’s Head of Neighbourhoods, Andrew Pitts, said: “The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment has a long association with Halifax and the regimental museum is located within Bankfield Museum, making it the perfect venue for a commemoration of the Battle of Waterloo. The battle was led by the Duke of Wellington, and his Waterloo medal will actually feature as part of the exhibition. There will be plenty of other events to coincide with the exhibition and the anniversary.”