Musket ball that killed Lord Nelson coming to Norwich Castle 212 years after Battle of Trafalgar

PUBLISHED: 10:57 12 August 2017

Admiral Lord Nelson - a Norfolk man who acquired an estate in Suffolk.

Admiral Lord Nelson - a Norfolk man who acquired an estate in Suffolk.

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One of the most famous objects in British history - the musket ball that killed Nelson - is coming to Norfolk.

The Nelson Bullet: The musket ball that struck down Nelson on the deck of HMS Victory is coming to Norfolk for the very first time. Picture: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017 The Nelson Bullet: The musket ball that struck down Nelson on the deck of HMS Victory is coming to Norfolk for the very first time. Picture: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

The musket ball that struck down Horatio Nelson is coming to Norfolk for the very first time, we can reveal today.

The world-famous Nelson Bullet – the French sharpshooter’s musket ball which killed the admiral at the Battle of Trafalgar – will be at Norwich Castle Museum next month as part of a stunning new exhibition about the Norfolk hero.

The exhibition will also include items worn by Nelson, including his undress coat and hat, which were worn at the Nile battle. They will be in the same room together for the first time for 100 years.

The many other exhibits will include letters, paintings, furniture, part of a dress worn by his great love Emma Hamilton, and items from his funeral cortege from January 1806.

Nelson & Norfolk, sponsored by Woodforde’s Brewery and Ben Burgess and Co, will run at the castle from July 29 to October 1.

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