Go See Napoleon's Hair in New London Exhibition
We don’t know about you all, but when we go to an art museum we prefer to see shows built around the body parts of dead historical figures. Which is why at the end of this month we will be first in line to a new exhibition at London’s historic Windsor Castle built around one of the most important and recognizable figures in world history, Napoleon. Oh, and there’s going to be a lock of his actual hair on display.
No, sadly the exhibit is not a barbershop of history. To celebrate the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, the exhibition is a wide scale collection of memorabilia and artifacts pertaining to the landmark battle. Waterloo was a (pun intended) watershed moment in Western history, wherein the British finally and definitively crushed Napoleon and his forces once and for all, effectively ending his imposed reign as emperor of the rest of Europe. Naturally, we’re not surprised that the British would be so excited to proudly display their heritage of beating the French.
Also on display are a variety of letters sent from those directly involved with the battle, including some from Napoleon to the British asking for mercy and good treatment upon his defeat. The show will be open to the public for an entire year, so you have plenty of time to hike over to London to get your historical fix. We’re no experts, but Bonaparte’s hair is one of the cooler and more bizarre things to pop up in an art exhibit in recent memory. Who knows? Perhaps a ‘barbershop of history’ may be coming sooner than we think…
Waterloo at Windsor opens on January 31st, and will be open daily until January 13th, 2016