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Restoration Project: The two-headed lamb

Many in Billericay have grown up having seen the lamb whilst at school and it’s one of our most popular exhibits. Over 120 years old, the poor thing is getting a little tired and dishevelled. But we have some very good news as it will shortly be leaving the museum traveling to distant lands in Read More…

The Battle of Salamanca (Arapiles), 22nd July 1812

The Battle of Salamanca in July 1812 in Western Spain proved to have important consequences for the French Empire in the Iberian Peninsula. The battle which only lasted a day was won by important decision making by Wellesley, who used flanking manoeuvres and his cavalry forces to defeat the French command. The French losses of Read More…

Peace Day – July 19th, 1919

This article was originally written for the Around Town Magazine, June 2019. Do you want to know the background to our Peace Day Celebration event which we are holding on July 6th 2019 ? Then read on ….. Full details of the events happening around the High Street on the 6th July can be found Read More…

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The Battle of Fuente De Honor (Fuentes de Oñoro), 5th May 1811

The Battle of Fuente De Honor took place in Spain on the Portuguese border. Similarly to previous battles it was a combined force of British, Spanish and Portuguese troops against Napoleon’s Grand Armèe. Wellington and his forces repelled the almost 50,000 strong French army at their defensive stronghold, reportedly killing at least 2,500 French troops. Read More…

The Battle of Toulouse, 10th of April 1814

Toulouse – 10th April 1814 The Battle of Toulouse was one of the last battles of the Napoleonic Wars and signifies the virtual collapse of the French empire. Toulouse was significant to the French and the region in particular as it was the regional capital. It was resolutely defended by the French who held it Read More…

The Battle of Talavera, 27th July 1809

The Battle of Talavera, 75 miles Southwest of Madrid is a primary example of the issues surrounding the box. Following this battle, Wellesley was ennobled as Viscount of Wellington, which would suggest that he performed admirably. However, the allied Anglo-Spanish forces at his disposal suffered more casualties than the French in this fight. Similarly, Wellesley’s Read More…