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Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington

Haslar Museum attracted thousands of visitors from 1827 – 1860.

On 18th January 1842, the Duke of Wellington visited.

Wellington is most well-known for his role as one of the commanders who led troops to defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Previously he had served in the British army as part of British imperial expansion in India and became the governor of Seringapatam and Mysore, cities on the Indian sub-continent.

At the end of his military career, Wellington entered politics and briefly became prime minister twice as a member of the Tory (conservatives) party. It was while he was an active politician that he visited Haslar Museum, perhaps on the way to visit Queen Victoria at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.