Admiral Lord Nelson

Explore the life and career of Horatio Nelson – from his successful naval career, culminating in the Battle of Trafalgar, to his personal relationships and colourful love life. Also, check out some of the weird and wonderful Nelson-related objects on display at the National Maritime Museum.

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Our decorative art and craft collections feature silver, ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, textiles and sailors' craftwork.

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Lord Nelson and his victory at the Battle of Trafalgar left a long and lasting legacy that’s still commemorated today.

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Nelson's pigtail (or queue), was cut off after his death at the Battle of Trafalgar 21 October 1805.

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There are currently 811 relics including souvenirs made from ship timbers and metal; parts of ships or items associated with ships, corporate bodies or buildings. The antiquities collection contains a further 975 items relating to general material culture and social history rather than to a named person or ship. (Polar relics are in a separate collection).

'Funeral Procession of the late Lord Viscount Nelson, from the Admiralty to St Paul's, London, 9th January 1806' PY7328_slider.JPG

Nelson was shot at the Battle of Trafalgar (1805). His body was brought back to England on board HMS Victory and he was buried at St Paul’s Cathedral.

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We know exactly how Nelson looked (without the flattery of painters) thanks to this remarkable mask taken of his face five years before his death.

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Lord Nelson was fatally shot at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Signal Midshipman John Pollard took credit for killing the Frenchman who did it.

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Sometimes fame and glory just aren't enough. This rifle is believed to have been presented to Nelson together with a scimitar and canteen by the Sultan of Turkey after the Battle of the Nile. 

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This guide gives a brief biography of Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson and outlines sources for research at the National Maritime Museum, and additional pointers for other useful resources.

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