The British Witnesses to Napoleon
With Peter Hicks
The death of Napoleon in far off St Helena in May 1821 brought to a crescendo twenty-five years of English-language publishing on the Emperor. Thousands of pages, including the Emperor’s will, Barry O’Meara’s Napoleon in Exile, and Emmanuel de Las Cases’ “Journal of Private Life and Conversations of Napoleon” (known in French as the “Memorial”) all appeared within two years of his demise in the South Atlantic. This presentation proposes to highlight recent research developments and discoveries in British relations with Napoleon on St Helena.
Toby, Napoleon and Slavery on Saint Helena
With Prof Daniel Yon, Colin Fox
& Dr Andrew Pearson
Our speakers discuss the history of slavery on the island of Saint Helena. As well as learning about the island's long history of colonialism, this will also be a chance to discuss slavery in the time of Napoleon and an unlikely friendship that developed between the Emperor and Toby, a slave living on the estate of The Briars.
A tour of Saint HelenA
With Brent Fortenberry PhD
& Dr Oliver Cox
Brent Fortenberry (Texas A&M) and Oliver Cox (Oxford Humanities Division) present a virtual tour through the heritage sites of Saint Helena. With the remarkable use of 3D imaging, this event is a chance to become familiar with the lesser-known sites on the island, to learn of their history and potentially save them from ruin.
Napoleon's Last Battle
With Adam Zamoyski and Professor Alan Forrest
When Napoleon was sent to exile on Saint Helena, the final battle of his life commenced - for his legacy. Join eminent historians Adam Zamoyski and Professor Alan Forrest for a discussion on how Napoleon’s final years on Saint Helena have shaped his reputation. They discuss how the accounts of Napoleon on St Helena were written and published, and why they elicited such sympathy - even in Britain.