A week on from the Tall Ships departure there’s still time to catch another piece of naval history in our city today.
Heroes of the Napoleonic wars, Newcastle born Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood and Admiral Horatio Nelson have been honoured at Sunderland Museum, Library and Winter Gardens.
Naval Heroes: Nelson and Collingwood, will features a famous portrait loaned by the National Portrait Gallery in London, the portrait of Nelson was painted in 1797 by Lemuel Francis Abbott.
A portrait of Admiral Lord Collingwood by James Lonsdale in 1806 also features in the exhibition joined by alongside portraits of other naval names.
Shauna Gregg, Exhibitions, Collections and Archives Officer at Sunderland Museum, said:
“We’ve collated a fascinating collection of paintings, prints and artefacts about Nelson and Collingwood and it seems fitting to time the exhibition for the visit of the Tall Ships.
“We’re known for our maritime heritage and Nelson and Collingwood are rightly remembered for their vital roles in English maritime history.”
Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Communities and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said:
“Staging the Naval Heroes exhibition in Sunderland is a great opportunity to celebrate our country’s rich maritime heritage, and our city hosting the Tall Ships which helps reminds us all of the magnificence of sailing ships.
“It’s an honour to have these portraits and exhibits on display at Sunderland Museum, Library and Winter Gardens and I hope visitors will come along to enjoy it.”
The exhibition ends Sunday 22nd of June.