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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:02 pm 
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On the subject of Waterloo dioramas the classic is the one made by Captain William Siborne a topographical engineer that was completed in 1838. It is now part of the National Army Museum study collection, it is few years now since I last visited to look at the diorama and at that time it wasn't open for general view but by appointment only.

The fascinating story of Siborne and his diorama and how he fell foul of the Duke of Wellington and the rigour in which the old duke would only tolerate his version of event at Waterloo is well described in Peter Hofschroer's book Wellington's Smallest Victory .

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:40 pm 
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dromia...

Thanks for the information regarding Capt William Sibornes and Hofschroer's book: one to buy I fancy:

http://www.amazon.com/Wellingtons-Small ... 0571217699

A review of the book here:

http://www.napoleon-series.org/reviews/ ... llest.html

I visited the National Army Museum online site, but I can't find any mention of Siborne's Diorama I wonder if it no longer exists.

Article here on the diorama at peninsula barracks Winchester:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... erloo.html

Interestingly (to me anyway) there is a Hougoumont farm' just five minutes from my house and it does have a Waterloo connection.

From Wiltshire Community History Collingbourne Ducis:

In the mid 19th century the Ailesburys named the farm Hougoumont Farm and built its farmhouse. This was concurrent with the renaming and rebuilding of the very similar Mount Orleans farmhouse. Both names are taken from Belgian farms on either side of the site of the battle of Waterloo where the Marquis of Ailesbury's two sons were killed.

I haven't come across Mount Orleans Farmhouse (yet) in reading about the battle.

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Jenks wrote:
dromia...

I visited the National Army Museum online site, but I can't find any mention of Siborne's Diorama I wonder if it no longer exists.


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But Jenks, you must realise that the world has been dumbed down! Try using the word "model".

http://www.nam.ac.uk/online-collection/ ... 75-05-56-1

Good to see you posting again. cheers

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:07 pm 
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Tom...

Try using the word "model".

Now that never occurred to me. Doh! :oops: 8-) lol

Apparently the Museum and the Model/Diorama are being refurbished and won't be available for viewing until the end of next year. I'm hoping to visit the battlefield again in the early spring Perhaps I will get to spend a little longer there this time (migrants permitting)

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Interesting little film about Siborne's Waterloo model:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwXSQUwBPGk


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The Combined Military Services Museum in Maldon, Essex

http://www.cmsm.co.uk

Excellent collection of arms and armour through the ages. I was lucky enough to visit with the HBSA, where we were privileged to view and examine some of the exhibits from the Donnington collection.

An amazing collection of firearms and items from WW2, including SOE equipment. Very well worth a visit. :good:


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................. the air museum is also interesting. Ta Quali http://www.maltaaviationmuseum.com/

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Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum at Lyness on Hoy, Orkney is well worth a visit, I rate it as the best visitor attraction in Orkney. You have to get a ferry to Hoy from Houton, Orphir (on the mainland island) and this takes about 40 minutes. When there you can also take a short walk up to the Lyness naval cemetery where the memorial service was just held to mark to 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland. Once you get a look around the attraction and the remaining infrastructure from the 2nd world war you only then begin to realise how important Orkney was as a naval base during both world wars.

I've yet to speak to anyone that's been there that hasn't been impressed.


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The Great Glen Scotland.

Hire a motor cruiser and cruise down & up the Caledonian Canal from Inverness to Fort William; it will knock your socks off. ;)
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I will second that...a really memorable experience in more ways than one...it certainly convinced me that I was not qualified to hire a cruiser off the west Coast!

I would absolutely love to do it again :good:

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