Plymouth & Napoleon: 1815 – 2015

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Date / time: 5 September, 1:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building

Plymouth & Napoleon: 1815 - 2015

A half-day symposium.

Something truly remarkable happened in Plymouth Sound in the summer of 1815: the presence on guard and on board HMS Bellerophon, of a vanquished emperor. From across Britain, thousands came to witness the event: crowding on the little boats and the Breakwater to glimpse this disturber of the world and ‘most extraordinary man of modern times.’

On 5 September 2015 guest speakers and experts from Plymouth University commemorate the 200th anniversary of the ‘sublime spectacle’ and ‘object of boundless curiosity’ in talks about the wider context, local and national impact, image-making, and memories of the days when Napoleon came.

When: 5 September 2015
Where: LT2, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

The event runs as follows:

13:45-14:00: Introduction

14:00-15:00: Professor William Doyle, University of Bristol – Talk: ‘Napoleon and the British: from Toulon Harbour to Plymouth Sound’

15:00-15:30: Coffee break

15:30-17:00: Speakers Dr Annika Bautz, Dr Jenny Graham and Dr James Gregory Plymouth University to give three short papers on Napoleon and Plymouth

17:00-17:20: Coffee break

17:20-18:20: Dr James Davey, National Maritime Museum – Talk: ‘The Imprisoned Emperor: the Royal Navy and war against Napoleon, 1803-1815’

18:20-18:30: Concluding remarks

Tickets: £8.50 all day or £6.60 per talk

Free for Plymouth University students and Historical Association members

For more details contact: Dr Elaine Murphy (; Dr James Gregory (; Dr Annika Bautz (