This year the Explore Your Archive campaign will run from 14-22 November 2015. To tie in with the campaign, Special Collections will be hosting a number of open afternoons allowing visitors to view material from our holdings and to meet the curators.
The first open afternoon will take place from 3.30pm on Wednesday 28 October 2015 and will provide an opportunity to explore material from the Wellington Archive. The event has been arranged in conjunction with the 27th Wellington Lecture “Wellington Portrayed” which will be given by the 9th Duke of Wellington and is scheduled to take place at 6.30pm the same evening.
The University holds the principal collection of the papers of Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington: it contains approximately 100,000 items, political, military, official and diplomatic papers covering all aspects of his career. On display will be material relating to Wellington’s military career from India to Waterloo, as well as papers relating to local and national politics and much, much more. Discover whether the Duke really did use the phrase “scum of the earth” after the Battle of Vitoria, see the death threat sent by Captain Swing and the nautilus shell engraved by C.H.Wood depicting the Duke on one side and St George slaying the dragon on the other.
For the week of the Explore Your Archive campaign we will be hosting an open afternoon on Wednesday 18 November 2015 focusing on material relating nature and the environment, with a third open afternoon focusing on food set to take place on Wednesday 9 December 2015. Both of these events will be followed by a lecture relating to the topic. More details are to follow!
To register for the Exploring the Wellington Archive please go to: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exploring-the-wellington-archive-university-of-southampton-tickets-18286477346
To register for the 27th Wellington Lecture please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/27th-wellington-lecture-tickets-18286288782
We hope to see you in the Archives soon!