2021 : Napoleon’s year at the Waterloo 1815 Memorial

Napoleon : from Waterloo to Saint-Helena, the birth of the legend


From 5th May to 17th October

Temporary exhibition

Gathering authentic items from all over the world

The Battle of Waterloo Memorial presents a major exhibition on the occasion of the bicentenary of Napoleon I’s death.

It is composed of numerous pieces from major institutions and private collections. The exhibition is entitled “Napoleon: from Waterloo to Saint-Helena, the birth of the legend“.

Bicorne authentique Napoleon
Mors Napoleon Waterloo
Pistolet empire

In order to organise this project,

the Memorial has chosen David Chanteranne as its curator. He is considered by his peers to be a specialist in the First Empire.

Exposition Napoleon Mémorial Waterloo

Antoine Charpagne, cultural manager of the Memorial accompanies him to the realisation of the exhibition.

Exposition Napoleon Mémorial Waterloo

The daily life of the Emperor through pieces lent by the French national properties on Saint Helena.

After an introductory space, the exhibition tackles four main subjects within chrono-thematic spaces.

The wide open spaces develop the period from the Battle of Waterloo to the exile before evoking Napoleon’s daily life in Longwood.

Beyond this exile on the Saint-Helena island, the themes of the battles « throgh pen and picture » and an opening onto « the time of the hero » – where Napoleon was raised to the status of mythical figure – complete the visit.

In total, more than a hundred authentic pieces are exhibited, some for the first time, to the general public!

Exposition Napoleon Mémorial Waterloo