This month marks the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and to mark the occasion, English Heritage commissioned The Textile Conservancy to conserve the cover of the Duke of Wellington’s armchair from Walmer Castle, Kent. The chair is of particular importance as, in September 1852, the Iron Duke was sitting in it when he died.
The treatment to the printed cotton required areas of damage to be consolidated and for the panels to be re-worked in order that the cover fitted the dimensions of the chair. New silk binding was created for the around the arms an
To visit Walmer Castle and to see the how the room would have looked when he lived here, and the armchair in it’s rightful place, go to:
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington ©Wikipedia