“Waterloo is not a battle; it is the changing face of the universe.” Writer Victor Hugo on the battle.
This year is the bicentenary of The Battle of Waterloo – 18th June 1815. Throughout last week the history department held a ‘Waterloo Week’ in the Library. History classes were able to book into the library to find out more about the battle and its huge significance. The children were able to study some original artefacts from Waterloo, which were the personal possessions of Sir Hussey Vivian, Mrs Hoyland’s great-great-great grandfather, who led the last cavalry charge at Waterloo.
Through the selected ‘200 objects of Waterloo’ we discovered the personal stories of bravery, sacrifice and heroism. From Lord Uxbridge’s false leg, to a humble penny, dented by a bullet, to Wellington’s famous boots – all are fascinating and provide other avenues of discussion and deeper thinking.
We were also fortunate to have a magnificent engraving of the battle to study – it normally hangs in Mr Hoyland’s office! The pupils enjoyed searching for certain people, objects and events in the picture and making links with their artefact work.
It has been a great opportunity to explore this important turning point in world history with the children.