9th March 2016 11am '"Grand and Awful beyond description"- The Funeral of Admiral Horatio Nelson, 9th January, 1806': Dr Tom Wareham


  • Nelson’s funeral was an extraordinary and lavish affair.  It was carefully crafted to celebrate the memory of a great and popular national hero, but also served to contribute to Nelson’s own desire for fame.  Unprecedented for its time, it somehow managed to combine the best and the worst of British pomp and ceremony, and had a marked effect on those who witnessed it. In this talk Dr Tom Wareham details the arrangements for the funeral and describes the event itself noting on the way both the macabre and the unintentionally comic aspects.


  • Dr Tom Wareham was Curator of Maritime & Community History at the Museum of London Docklands until 2014.  He is now a part-time lecturer at the University of Westminster, and also lectures on a freelance basis.  He has appeared on numerous television documentaries and is the author of a number of books, including 'The Star Captains' (2001); 'Frigate Commander' (2004); 'Reading the London, Sugar & Slavery Gallery at the Museum of London Docklands'  - Co-written with Dr Caroline Bressey (2008); 'Frigate Commander - The Supplement' (2014). He is currently working on a book on the Captain Kidd episode, and has published his first novel  'The Wapping Conspiracy' under the pen-name Richard Thomas.



11 am The Cutty Sark Pub just five minutes east of the Naval College,

4-6 Ballast Quay
SE10 9PD



£10 for the lecture plus the cost of the light lunch / finger buffet afterwards

Numbers are strictly limited so please book earl