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