Object of the Month for March: LePage-Moutier Shotgun

In this monthly blog series, our collections team will write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. This month, Mark Murray-Flutter, Senior Curator of Firearms, tells us about a fantastic presentation shotgun. The LePage-Moutier Shotgun 155 years ago, in the spring of 1862, the Great London Exposition, or International of 1862, was held in South Kensington, London. Its 11-acres of pavilions were where now two of the great museums of London reside; the Natural History Museum andRead more

Commemorating Queen Victoria’s Funeral

To commemorate the anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria, this blog post takes a look at an object from our collection with a distinguished place in history, the gun carriage that carried the late Queen on her final journey from Osborne House. The day of Queen Victoria’s funeral, Saturday 2nd February 1901, came with excellent weather. Reporting from Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, The Times noted that ‘the sky was cloudless and blue; the Solent looked likeRead more

Where Christmas began

In this blog, we will transport you back to where Christmas celebrations began, in Victorian times. It seems hard to believe now but before the 19th century, Christmas was hardly celebrated and it didn’t become a public holiday until the end of the century. It is now the biggest annual celebration and we owe the Victorians for many of the festive traditions we still uphold today. Starting with the man himself, Father Christmas was originally part of an old EnglishRead more

Reporting From the Front

On 5 November 1854, one of the bloodiest battles of the Crimean War was fought. A large Russian army of over 40,000 troops counter attacked the Anglo-French forces besieging the Crimean town of Sevastopol, in an attempt to drive them away. After several hours of savage fighting the Russians withdrew, leaving over 12,000 dead on the field. With the British troops at Inkerman was an artist, William Simpson. He was born in Glasgow in 1823 and became an apprentice lithographer.Read more