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Major Lecture Organised by The Friends of Sir Harry and St Barbe Museum Announced

Sir Harry Burrard Neale and the Nore Mutiny - Hero or Villain??

By Dr Ann Coats


The Historic Naval Mutinies of 1797. The Role of Sir Harry Burrard Neale of Walhampton. 

Lymington Baptist Church – New Street - Lymington –

Friday June 28th at 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm


Come and hear all about Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale’s part in the infamous naval mutinies of 1797 which shook the country, and which many thought could herald the horrors of the French Revolution coming to Britain

Starting in the Solent at Spithead, the naval mutinies spread to the important naval anchorage at the Nore at Sheerness and then to the British naval fleets in the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans.

Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale from Walhampton was widely credited, at the time, with helping to break the main, and most revolutionary mutiny at the Nore anchorage and was nationally renowned for his exploits – as a result of which he became close friends with the royal family.

Dan Snow lecture 'Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale's Navy - The Superpower of the Age'

Lymington Centre - 7pm on 8th November 2019

In the talk, Dan Snow will describe the way the British Navy rose to become the undisputed naval force at the time and how this strength helped shape the growing influence of Britain to become the world's first superpower.

Doors open at 6.30pm for refreshments before the talk which starts at 7pm.

Tickets £10 (£5 for FoSH Members). £5 entry for new members joining on the night.

Tickets online from Eventbrite


The Nore Drum, presented to Sir Harry by a grateful nation, is Lymington’s most precious artefact and is on permanent loan to the National Maritime Museum. But some have suggested that Sir Harry was responsible for brutally suppressing the mutiny with cruel consequences for some of the sailors that took part.

Dr Ann Coats, from Portsmouth University, has co-authored the definitive account of these monumentally important times in our national history, when the very future of the country was thought to be in the balance. Her book,  The Naval Mutinies of 1797: Unity and Perseverance, examines the huge impact of these crucial events and Dr Coats is widely seen as the most authoritative scholar on these events.

The Friends of Sir Harry – part of the Lymington Society – is organising jointly, with St Barbe Museum and Gallery, an important lecture by Dr Coats on this fascinating time in our nation’s history to coincide with St Barbe’s major exhibition “the Command of the Sea - The Navy and the New Forest against Napoleon” which starts on the 8th of June. Amongst many fascinating images and artifice on display will be the Nore Drum presented to  Sir Harry after the mutiny was over.

Organised by St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in partnership with the Milford on Sea Historic Records Society and the National Park Authority, this major exhibition will explore some of the key naval battles in the run up to the decisive victory at Trafalgar in 1805, as well as what life was like in the navy at the time. It will focus on the important contributions of three local admirals, Cornwallis, Peyton and Mann, all of whom are buried at Milford churchyard.


Tickets for the Lecture are £5.00 to include refreshments and can be purchased

at St Barbe Museum or on the door on the night.

Admission free to new members of the Friends of Sir Harry joining on the night.

You can buy tickets online at Eventbright

The formal launch of Friends of Sir Harry at St Barbe Museum


The Friends of Sir Harry was launched at St Barbe Museum at a reception on Friday 15th February 2019. 


Friends formed for Local Naval Hero

Public Launch at St Barbe Museum Lymington for ‘Friends of Sir Harry’
6.00 pm – Friday 15th of February 2019

The Lymington Society is pleased to announce the launch of the ‘Friends of Sir Harry’ following the completion of the restoration work on the Burrard Neale Monument at Walhampton.

The Friends will aim to ensure that the Monument and other related memorials in the town are looked after, and that the achievements of Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale continue to be appreciated in the years ahead. Anyone wishing to join the Friends or interested in finding out more is welcome to come along. Lord Montagu, Patron of the Friends, as well as Sir Desmond Swayne MP TD and Mayor Anne Corbridge will be attending to support the Launch.

Please join us for a Drinks Reception followed by a programme of
information about the Friends, the life and times of Sir Harry and
the history of the Monument. Read full press release here.


Past News and Events

Pennington Infant School Workshops

Over 60 young people from Pennington Infant School took part in a week of workshops and visits to the Monument.  They learnt all about the life and times of Sir Harry, built monuments to their own heros, handled objects from the period and even took part in some marching and saluting of Captain Hardy on the final day.  The young people will be showcasing their monument models at the Family Picnic Day on 20th July at the school.

Monument Visits

Infant School students became investigators for the day on a trip to the monument.  They were given tasks sheets to find out all about Sir Harry and the monument as a start to a more extensive project back at their school.

Family Fun Day

Friday 20th July from 1pm at Pennington Infants School, Lymington

The school will be hosting an end-of-term family picnic and Friends of Sir Harry will be joining them to celebrate the start of the Burrard Neale HLF restoration project. there will be stands and displays from many local museums and organisations as well as work on display created by young people from the school.  This will be a fun filled afternoon and an opportunity to meet some of the people behind the Burrard Neale project.

Heritage Lottery Funding Secured!

Details to follow...

Burrard Neale 250 Celebrations

Details to follow...

The Friends of Sir Harry organisation is part of the Lymington Society.                                                                                       © 2018 the Lymington Society - Created by SPUD