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Battle of Waterloo: Anniversaries

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what role her Department will have in events to commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo in 2015.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Discussions have been taking place within Government to determine how best to formally commemorate, in 2015, the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, although these are at a very early stage. Some planning is already being carried out by Waterloo 200, an umbrella organisation which is overseeing the anniversary, and more information can be found on its website at the following link:

www.waterloo200.org

In addition, initiatives are being organised by a number of national and regional military museums to mark the occasion, including the National Army Museum and relevant regimental museums, which come under the remit of the Ministry of Defence. There is also likely to be some commemorative activity at associated heritage sites such as Apsley House, the home of the Duke of Wellington, and Walmer Castle.

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