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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.

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British Napoleonic Bicentenary Trust

The British Napoleonic Bicentenary Trust (BNBT) exists to promote public education on - and preservation of - the Georgian (1714-1837) built heritage of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena with an emphasis on the sites related to Napoleon Bonaparte’s rule (1799-1815) and subsequent incarceration on the island (1815-21).

The British Napoleonic Bicentenary Trust © 2020 | Registered Charity Number 1185952

c/o St Helena Government, Alliance House, 12 Caxton Street, London, SW1H 0QS

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