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Napoleon & Powys

An exhibition exploring the effects of the Napoleonic Wars on Powys.

 Napoleon, The Last Phase

Bringing together for the first time objects from  museums and private collections across the three old shires that now make up the modern county – Montgomershire, Radnorshire, Brecknockshire. Stunning uniform, Waterloo medals, weapons and artwork made by French prisoners are all on display. There are souvenirs from the battlefields and of the Napoleonic War’s greatest figures - you can see Wallpaper allegedly from Napoleon’s bedroom, a lock of Wellington’s hair, a piece of Nelson’s Victory.

Find out about some of the local men who fought, with a special feature of Presteigne’s Thomas Burch, whose gravestone can be seen just a few yards down the road in the grounds of St Andrew’s Church. Thomas fought in over thirty battles during his military career and was wounded at the Battle of Quatre Bras during the Waterloo campaign, surviving to come home and become a larger than life figure for the town as publican of the Bull Inn.

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    The Victorian actress Sarah Bernhardt used to sleep in a coffin because she said it helped her to understand the tragic roles she had to play.

     

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