Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo (10-12 June 2015, Brussels) International Congress

From June 10 through 12, 2015 the Royal Military Museum in Brussels will commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo with an international and interdisciplinary congress.

Some 30 prestigious speakers from Saint Petersburg, Paris, London, Versailles, Vienna, Warsaw, Stockholm or New York, as well as numerous Belgian specialists will share their research on June 10 and 11. Collaborators from the finest fashion, textile and army museums of 12 countries will look into the situation “in the drawing room and on the battlefield”. Topics such as uniforms, fashion, interior decoration, architecture, textile industry, technical innovations and industrial espionage around 1815 will be discussed at length. More intimate subjects will however also be broached: which fabrics were favoured by empress Josephine Bonaparte or what did the Empire it-girls wear?

On June 12 the event will be rounded off by a post-congress tour. The morning will be dedicated to an exclusive visit of Longchamps Castle. The 1810 building contains some magnificent Empire interiors, amongst which an evocation of the emperor’s tent. The afternoon will be spent on the Waterloo battlefield and at the Wellington Museum.

More information (also in French and Dutch) can be found here: CongresWaterloo_2015reclametekst corrDV

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