Sunday, October 25, 2009


Today was the celebration of the 204th anniversary of the victory of Lord Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar on 21st October 1805. These photographs tell the story of Birmingham's celebration of this day. This year's event was distinguished by the presence of John Tribe (properly William John Raglan Horatio Tribe), the 4th great-grandson of Lord Nelson, who laid a wreath on behalf of The Nelson Society.

It was also 200 years to the day since the unveiling of the country's first statue to Nelson, which was this one here in Birmingham. A medal has been struck to mark the occasion, and I quote from the sales literature:
To commemorate the bicentenary of the first statue to be unveiled to the memory of Lord Nelson in the United Kingdom, St Paul’s Mint, in association with Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, has struck a medal to celebrate the event.

The medal is 50 mm in diameter and 3.2 mm thick and comes in a black leatherette presentation box with white satin lid and black velour foam inset.

It will be available for purchase on Sunday 25th October 2009 – exactly 200 years to the day that the statue was unveiled - from the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery shop in Chamberlain Square (next to the Round Gallery).

The cost of the medal is £14.99.

NOTE: St Paul's Mint is based in Birmingham, it's owner having worked for the Birmingham Mint for 30 years. The Birmingham Mint was the successor to Matthew Boulton's Soho Mint and thus St Paul's Mint can trace it's direct lineage from that famous Mint founded in Birmingham in 1788.