Waterloo 200 Exhibition – Garvagh Museum

“Waterloo 200”

This exhibition is to mark the bi-centenary of the Battle of Waterloo which took place on June 18th 1815. Only lasting one day, the Battle of Waterloo changed the course of European history and brought peace to the continent for 99 years. Thousands were killed and seriously injured on that terrible Sunday, a great many from Ireland. Among those killed at Waterloo was a Garvagh man, Major Arthur Rowley Heyland of Ballintemple who had served with distinction throughout the Peninsular War receiving the Gold Medal for gallantry; on one occasion he had the sword broken in his hand by a bullet. Recently a broken sword of the period was discovered in a trunk in Ballintemple House and is one of the artefacts on display in this exhibition alongside a large French sword dated 1810, brought back as a relic of the war by Major Heyland. Other artefacts include a five gallon wine bottle circa 1800 found in Ballintemple and thought to have been brought back from Portugal full of Port wine; a French eagle with a metre wide wing span standing on a globe which is an exact copy of the “Wounded Eagle” the monument to the French dead erected on the Waterloo battlefield. A facsimile of the sword presented to Napoleon in 1809, five iron balls, part of a container of grape shot and badges of French head dress are but some of the collection assembled over the past months and all are reminders of a battle, now largely forgotten, but which changed the course of history in Europe and plunged many homes into mourning in Ireland and further afield.

The exhibition will be open to the public on Friday 26th June 2015 at 7pm and will remain in situ until mid-August. Opening hours Wednesday to Friday 2pm to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 5pm. This is a fantastic opportunity to view objects never before put on display to the public. Admission to the museum is £2.00, those who visit the exhibition can, if they wish, give a donation to help offset the cost of setting up this special display. For further information please contact Garvagh Museum on 028 2955 8544.