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Display gives new perspective on the Duke of Wellington’s role in the Battle of Waterloo

The University of Southampton has launched a new exhibition which gives a unique perspective on the Duke of Wellington’s role in the Battle of Waterloo.

Wellington and Waterloo: ‘the tale is in every Englishman’s mouth’ draws from the Wellington Archives – a collection of papers belonging to Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), which are now held and conserved by Special Collections at the University’s Hartley Library.

Commemorative Wellington Nautilus shell c. 1850s Credit: University of Southampton

The exhibition, which runs until 26 June and again from 13 to 24 July, at the library’s Special Collections Gallery, coincides with 200 year commemorations of the Battle of Waterloo. It gives the Duke’s perspective on the preparations for the battle, the engagement itself, and its aftermath. There are also sections on the Duke’s legacy and status as a national hero.

The papers give us a unique insight into despatches between Wellington, his commanders and his allies. They reveal a fascinating glimpse of the build-up to battle, the diplomacy before and after, and the rise of the Duke to the 19th-century equivalent of ‘celebrity status’ –dubbed ‘saviour of Europe’ following his victory.

– Head of Archives at Southampton, Karen Robson

Among the items on display are: a memorandum of troop numbers agreed ahead of the war by allied powers, with handwritten calculations added by Wellington; the Duke’s letters of appointment to assume command of an allied army; accounts of Waterloo sent to Wellington by his commanders in preparation for the Duke’s official despatches to the British government; and a commemorative nautilus (mollusc) shell depicting Wellington on one side and St George slaying a dragon on the other (c1850s).

Spitfire statue plans move a step closer

Artists' impression of a spitfire statue Credit: Southampton City Council

Plans for a statue of a Spitfire in Southampton have moved another step closer to reality.

Civic chiefs have discussed formally handing over land in Mayflower Park for the 130ft monument.

It would be one of the first parts of the proposed £450m Royal Pier development.

Woman seen walking along motorway hard shoulder

Were you driving along the M27 between junction two and three on Saturday, April 18, between 11pm and 11.30pm?

Did you see a woman walking along the hard shoulder?

Police are investigating after the woman, aged 29, was seen walking along the hard shoulder of the motorway following an altercation with a man.

Detective Constable Kirsty Burridge said: “Did you see a woman having an altercation with a man? Or did you see a black Alfa Romeo which was being driven in an unusual manner along the M27?”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Det Con Burridge at the Western Investigation Team on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

A 34-year-old man from Gosport has been arrested in connection with this incident and was released on bail until June 3, pending further enquiries.

Ship to be officially named in Southampton

The Anthem of the Seas will be named in Southampton Credit: Royal Caribbean

One of the largest ships ever built will be named in Southampton today.

The Anthem of the Seas is berthed in the docks for the summer season.

The ship was given its name by a member of the public who won a competition.

More than eighty thousand people are expected to travel on board in the coming months.


Growing concern for girl who has gone missing from hospital

Ellena Hagin, 17, went missing from hospital today Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are growing concerned for the welfare of a vulnerable teenager who has gone missing in Marchwood.

Ellena Hagin, 17, went missing from the Priory Hospital Southampton around 11.20am today.

She is described as white, about 5ft 6ins tall, with red shoulder length hair. She was wearing a black trilby hat, glasses, black leggings and a white jumper.

Ellie is a vulnerable young woman and has been receiving care at the hospital. We believe she is on foot and could still be in the vicinity.

There are lots of people out walking and enjoying the sunshine in the New Forest this afternoon and so I’m hoping someone will spot her.

I’d like to hear from anyone who has seen her or a girl matching her description.

– nspector Korine Bishop

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

World's third largest cruise ship to arrive at Southampton

The new cruise liner 'Anthem of the Seas' in March this year Credit: Ingo Wagner/DPA/PA

One of the largest and most expensive ships ever built will arrive in Southampton later today.

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas, the joint third largest cruise ship in the world, will be launched next week.

She has cost more than one billion US dollars and was built in Germany.

Able to carry over 6,000 passengers and crew the superliner will base itself in Southampton for the summer before sailing to her permanent base in the United States.

Facilities in the Southampton passenger terminals have been enlarged to cope with the large number of passengers and crew.

The ship is being launched just a month after Southampton based Britannia was named by the Queen.

She has cost £500 million and can carry 3,600 passengers and 1,500 crew and is the largest ever built for the UK market and is registered in Southampton.

Key facts and figures about Royal Caribbean's newest ship:

  • At 1,142 feet (348m), Anthem is longer than both The Shard and New York's Chrysler Building
  • Her 18 decks can hold up to 4,905 guests and 1,500 crew
  • Of the 2,090 cabins, 1,571 have a balcony and 375 come with a "virtual" balcony
  • Her combined bow thrusters have 4,694 horsepower giving the ship a top cruising speed of 22 knots
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