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The Royal United Services Institute is delighted to host this timely exhibition, held in partnership with the Guards Museum, to mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.
The exhibition showcases items ranging from battlefield related artefacts, medals, prints, paintings and other works of art that help to convey this decisive battle and its impact upon British and European history, which the Duke of Wellington described as ‘the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life’.
The Institute is delighted to be working with the Guards Museum, since the history of the Guards at Waterloo was so pivotal; the Coldstream Guards held Hougoumont on the critical right flank against overwhelming odds from virtually the first shot to the last; the Grenadiers, as the 1st Foot Guards, halted Napoleon’s famous ‘Immortals’ in the last mass attack of the day and forced the collapse that precipitated the French defeat.
Our joint exhibition is therefore designed to aid a new generation understand the socio-political context, the human dimensions and the true nature of battles and conflicts such as this defining one. The Duke of Wellington was instrumental in the founding of the Institute in 1831, and the Waterloo anniversary every year is our Founder’s Day which, this year, holds special significance as we continue to strive to embody forward thinking, free discussion and careful reflection on defence and security matters.
The exhibition will be open in the Reading Room from 10-19 June, 1030-1600.
15 June 1000-1300, Exhibition closed for private function.
Exhibition is open in week only.