October 2015 | Fiona Karn-Smith


Join us at the ORNC this Trafalgar Day and help us celebrate 210 years since the Royal Navy and Admiral Horatio Nelson defeated the French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805.

We will be showing a special screening of That Hamilton Woman (1941) Alexander Korda’s 1941 black and white stirring depiction of the life of Lord Nelson told through the memoir of Emma Hamilton, Introduced by Anthony Cross of Warwick Leadlay Gallery, President of the Greenwich Historical Society. Find out more and book tickets here.

Come along to one of our 30 minute Trafalgar Day Talks in the Painted Hall, where Lord Nelson lay in state, and listen to one of our Interpretation Assistants as they explore the many connections Greenwich shares with Britain’s most celebrated Admiral. Talks take place at 12.00, 13.00 and 15.00.

To mark Trafalgar Day, we will also be joined by Dr Chris Ware a senior lecturer of Maritime history at the University of Greenwich, on the 22 October, where he will discuss the naval iconography in the Painted Hall. The lecture will look at both the naval and mercantile rise of England and subsequently Britain, from the late 17th century to the early decades of the 18th century and how this rise is reflected and exemplified in the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College. Free event, but booking required. 

Finally, join us in the Chapel on Trafalgar Sunday (18 October) for a traditional ‘Naval themed’ service with music including, ‘They that go down into the sea in ships’ by Herbert Sumsion sung by the Old Royal Naval College Chapel Choir. Rear Admiral Richard Stokes will be speaking and The Sea Cadets will also make an appearance. 


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