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How Britain is marking Trafalgar
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The British Isles are marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar in a host of different ways, from a new coin to new gates; exhibitions to full-scale international festivals.

Here is a selection of the many events, activities and tributes that have either already taken place or are in the pipeline for this Nelsonian year.


Replica of a 19th Century ship's mast set to remain at the Weighbridge roundabout, Guernsey, in tribute to the Battle of Trafalgar.

Commemorative coin being minted, Alderney.

Midsummer party, focal point of SeaSark 2005 festival, Sark.


New road signs throughout Norfolk bearing the legend Nelson's county in recognition of his birth at Burnham Thorpe.

Nelson's monument restored, Great Yarmouth (2005).

Life and times of Nelson, exhibition, Custom House, King's Lynn (April - October).

Nelson portraits, Norfolk Nelson Museum, Great Yarmouth (April - October).

Pageant, Royal Norfolk Show, Norwich (29-30 June).


Auction of Nelson memorabilia (5 July), Bonhams.

Nelson and Napoleon - Europe in turmoil exhibition, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (7 July - 13 November) (Other displays and events throughout the year).

New Trafalgar Dispatch , carrying news of the battle back to the capital (4-11 August).

Re-creation of Nelson's waterborne funeral along the River Thames, (16 September).

Wreath-laying ceremony, Nelson Crypt, St Paul's Cathedral (21 October).

Nelson's Night, musical festival, Royal Albert Hall (22 October).

Service of remembrance, St Paul's Cathedral (23 October).

Parade and show, Trafalgar Square (23 October).

380,000 facelift for Nelson's column in Trafalgar Square (2006).


Trafalgar Through French Eyes, exhibition, National Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby (1 April - 31 October).


The Mersey River Festival becomes a staging post for many of the international ships on their way to Portsmouth for the International Fleet Review (10-13 June).

Wooden frigate Grand Turk drops anchor at the Albert Dock for the Trafalgar celebrations (21 October).


Service and wreath-laying to mark Scotland's role in Battle of Trafalgar, Glasgow Cathedral and Nelson Monument, Glasgow Green (5 June).

Series of Trafalgar Woods being created across Scotland, with 30,000 trees planted by up to 1,000 children (during 2005).


Artefacts from Nelson's childhood on display, Buckler's Hard, Brockenhurst, near Southampton (throughout 2005).

Battle of Trafalgar Experience and other exhigbits, Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth (throughout 2005).

Heyday of Sail gallery, Royal Marines Museum, Portsmouth (throughout 2005).

HMS Victory tours, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (throughout 2005).

Victory's foretopsail on display, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (March - October).

Trafalgar documents on show, Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth (5 May - 30 November).

International Fleet Review, Spithead, Portsmouth (28 June).

Son et lumiere re-enactment of the Battle of Trafalgar, Southsea (28 June).

Drumhead ceremony, Southsea Castle (29 June).

International Festival of the Sea, Portsmouth (30 June - 3 July).

Trafalgar Dinner, HMS Victory, Portsmouth (21 October).

Lighting of nationwide chain of beacons begins, HMS Victory, Portsmouth (21 October).

Nelson's statue to be moved from Southsea Common to Old Portsmouth, overlooking the sea (2005).


Exhibition celebrating Britain's naval successes opens, Chatham Historic Dockyard (1 June).

No 2 Dock at Chatham Historic Dockyard, where HMS Victory was built, is renamed Victory Dock (23 July).

Lord Nelson tall ship visits Chatham, Kent (27 August).

Medway Maritime Festival (28-29 August).

Trafalgar Night firework party, River Medway (21 October).

Wood to be planted at Lamberhurst Farm, Kent, the "flagship" of 27 across the UK to commemorate Nelson's fleet at Trafalgar (during 2005 and 2006).


Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival, Cornwall (17-19 June).

Half-size replica of HMS Victory is set on fire for charity, Torrington (August 27).

Re-creation of Trafalgar Dispatch, bringing news of the battle back to England, Falmouth.

Woodlands to be planted at Torbay and Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.

Totnes - nothing, after the local council voted not to hold any events for fear of upsetting its French twin town.


Nelson display, Nelson Museum, Monmouth (throughout 2005).

Scroll granting Nelson freedom of Haverfordwest, unearthed after being locked away for more than 50 years, goes on display in the town's museum.


Commemorative wrought-iron gates to be placed on the seafront at Marine Cove Gardens, Burnham-on-Sea as the town celebrates the life of Lord Nelson, even though he was born at a different Burnham, several hundred miles away.

Woodland to be planted near Culverhay School, Bath (where Nelson used to "take the waters" in-between battles), one of 27 special woods being planted to commemorate each ship of Nelson's Trafalgar.

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