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Admiral Lord Collingwood 2010: Link Collection of Celebrations, Part 1 9 March, 2010

Posted by Molly Joyful in Cuthbert Collingwood, Events, Family, General, Online articles, Royal Navy.
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Just returned home and try to make my way through a shipload of mails. For now, here’s the first part with links to reports about the Collingwood 2010 celebrations. More will follow.

First stop for all things “Collingwood 2010” is the official website, where you’ll find some great reports and pictures:

Collingwood 2010 Official Website: Morpeth opens the show …

… and Tyneside celebrates …

Check the website regularly for news!

BBC News: Trafalgar cannons fired to mark 200th anniversary

Cannons which last saw action at the Battle of Trafalgar are fired on Tyneside to mark the 200th anniversary of Admiral Lord Collingwood’s death.

BBC Gallery: Admiral Lord Collingwood celebrations

The Northern Echo:  Admiral Lord Collingwood celebrated on 200th anniversary of his death

Later, at the Tynemouth Collingwood Monument, the cannons from the Admiral’s Trafalgar flagship, Royal Sovereign, were “fired” – using pyrotechnics – to signal the start of a remembrance service. The cannons were last fired in battle on board Collingwood’s vessel Royal Sovereign as it led British ships in 1805.

Chronicle Live: Hero Admiral Lord Collingwood honoured

Captain Stephen Healy, chairman of the Collingwood 2010 Festival Committee, said: “The crowds were fantastic and the weather could not have been better. I think Admiral Lord Collingwood would have been quietly embarrassed by all the fuss we have made of him.”

JournalLive: North East pays tribute to Admiral Lord Collingwood

He was described yesterday as one of Newcastle’s greatest sons, a Northumbrian heart of oak, a great Englishman and a saviour of the nation.

JournalLive: Gallery – Lord Collingwood Anniversary

Thanks a lot to Jen for providing most of these links.


Luckily for those of us who couldn’t attend the celebrations ourselves, the ever-reliable public generously shared videos on youtube. Here’s one of the parade; just click the picture to watch it:

There’s more:

Gun salute from HMS Collingwood to Collingwood Monument, Tynemouth

And another one

Also, flowers have been laid at Admiral Lord Collingwood’s tomb in St. Paul’s; picture will follow soon.

And last but not least:

Admiral Lord Collingwood is the “Treasure of the Month” of the University of Newcastle.


Admiral Lord Collingwood’s Sword on Display 4 March, 2010

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If you’d like to see Old Cuddy’s sword, you’ll have to head towards Leeds:


The Royal Armouries Museum has in its collections Admiral Collingwood’s sword, which can be seen in the Presentation Swords display on the Fifth Floor of the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the sword and see some fantastic high-resolution pictures.

CLICK HERE to see one of Collingwood’s letters from the archives of the Royal Armouries.

Musical Collingwood? 2 March, 2010

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No, not “Collingwood – The Musical” (neat idea, though). Yilla has a question, and I’m curious about this as well – are there any music-lovers / music historians out there who could tell us more?

Back when I was plotting to write dances for people, I came across the names of two tunes from the time – one listed as a pipe march called ‘Lord Collingwood’s Victory’, and another called ‘Admiral Collingwood’s March’.

That’s all I know about them – I don’t think either was in an online tune collection, and I’m not a musician anyway.)

But I liked knowing that they existed, and that people had wanted to write them – maybe they’ll turn up in some of the various concerts planned? :)

My google-fu only produced one reference for “Admiral Collingwood’s March” – here.

Any information would be appreciated!

Letter in an unexpected place. 23 February, 2010

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Then again, maybe it’s not that unexpected.

The title of this picture is “Gravestone in Trafalgar Cemetery” (Gibraltar). I can’t really tell if this is an actual headstone, marking a grave, or a commemorative plaque –  either way, it’s very touching.

Photographer: Giorgio Monteforti
(Picture released into public domain by the artist. Grazie per la vostra generosità!)

Huzzah! The Official Collingwood 2010 Website is ONLINE! 22 February, 2010

Posted by Molly Joyful in Cuthbert Collingwood, Events, General, Menorca, Online articles, Quotes, Royal Navy.
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Today the official  Collingwood 2010 website went online, so all your questions regarding events, time schedules etc. will now be answered. But that’s not all – information about Admiral Lord Collingwood’s life and his achievements, a special page for “Young Tars”, articles – and even Bounce got his own space! Woof!


Workshops and talks and exhibitions and parades and and… this is going to be a busy year, and not only  in and around Newcastle! Events are planned for Menorca (we already mentioned it here), Collingwood in Ontario/Canada and Collingwood in New Zealand. Additional information will be available in time on the official website.

Dolls made by artist Teresa Thompson. From the collection of Emma C.

Now I only have to try and find at least one date where I can catch a talk by Max Adams… please spread the word that the website is online; the more, the merrier!

Oh – this will make my fellow Aubreyad-aficionados in the area happy: On 6 March, you can watch “Master and Commander” at Morpeth Town Hall, 2pm, free admission!

Contact and navigation 14 February, 2010

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I’ve added a CONTACT page to this blog. It contains some bits and pieces about myself, my e-mail address, posting rules and some information on navigating this blog and subscribing to feeds, posts and comments.

More Articles, Events, Memorial and Online Monument 25 January, 2010

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The Collingwood 2010 Festival is up to a good start; there’s a good number of articles available now, and more are very likely to follow.

So, what do we have for you today…


talks about Collingwood, his achievements and about the upcoming events. And you can read about the


“(…) A planning application has been lodged with Newcastle City Council for a derelict sloping site at the junction of Dog Bank and Broad Chare, near Trinity House. Artist Gordon Young has been commissioned to create the memorial and has come up with a concept of a towering ocean wave.The 35ft long and 15ft tall work will be made from steel in which would be set reconstituted coloured glass. (…)”


Let’s hope people will show some respect for a change and that this won’t turn out to be one big tag-magnet… There’s a fund-raising to realise this monument; please call the memorial fund on 0191 232 8226 for donations.


has an article including some comments by Susan Collingwood-Cameron, Collingwood’s great-great-great niece. Those who’ve seen “Trafalgar’s Forgotten Hero” will very likely remember her.

And for those who can’t visit the Collingwood monument in Tynemouth in person,


courtesy Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Bonus: no attacks by low-flying pigeons.

Last but not least – if Newcastle is too cold for you, why not visit Menorca?


Special thanks to Volgi for sending in some of the links. Feel free to contribute as well, folks; I’m grateful for every tip.

2010 is Admiral Collingwood’s Year 13 January, 2010

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“Then I will plant my cabbages again, and prune my goosberry trees, cultivate roses, and twist the woodbine through the hawthorn hedge…”

As you can tell from this quote by Collingwood, this blog is not about in-depth analysis or discussion of Collingwood’s naval battle strategies. There are already many experts who analyse and discuss – much better than we could, and very likely with far more enthusiasm.

What you’ll find here will be

  • updates on events
  • quotes
  • historical facts
  • trivia
  • book reviews.

People who put the well-being of others and their duties first are usually the ones who sink into oblivion first, that’s one of the unfair rules of history. Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood was directed to the end of the car park, far away from the main entrance of British history for far too many years. Interest in his person and achievements only grew during the years, and we hope that this renewed interest by the public will increase even more in 2010.

Collingwood as a trending topic on Twitter? Hey, you never know…