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The first East Midlands Napoleonic Day took place at Long Acre Studios, Bingham, Nottinghamshire in February this year. The building is the former drill-hall of the South Notts Hussars and proved a most suitable venue for the day.

The event, admission free, was staged in four indoor spaces and featured a six-hour programme of talks on a wide range of subjects by published writers. There were also reenactors, wargaming, demonstrations, art, needlework and book sales.

The day was such a rousing success that not only will their be a repeat, once again at the Studios, but the event will be expanded to take in a whole weekend. (3/4 March 2018).

The term Napoleonic refers to the period, not just the man, so there is a wide range of subject matter - social history as well as purely military affairs. Costume balls as well as cannon balls!

Speakers signed up so far include historians Andrew Bamford, Carole Divall, Gareth Glover, Eamonn O'Keefe, Jacqueline Reiter, Shorncliffe Trust, reenactor and expert needlewoman Laura Short, wargamer Steve Wood and historical novelists Robert Brightwell and Peter Youds.

On Saturday the NG13 Wargamers will return to fight "Waterloo: The Fight for Papelotte". There was a lot of praise for the high quality of the figures and scenery for last year's Quatre Bras display.

A new addition will be the Hands-on History attraction for young people on Sunday, presented by Michael Kirkby, with a chance to pick up historical items, games and dressing up!

The popular bookshop will once again sell works by the speakers, plus titles of general Georgian/Napoleonic interest

Tea, cakes, ship's biscuit and light lunches will be available in the beautifully appointed Cafe Corsica.

Bingham is a friendly market town which sits on the A46/A52 junction and is between the A1 and M1, accessible by bus and train. There is free  parking near the venue.

Postcode for satnav: NG13 8BG

Contact Peter:

Napoleonic Days
38 Long Acre,
NG13 8AH

© Peter Youds 2008