A life mask and letters are among the artefacts on show in an exhibition to celebrate one of Norfolk’s most famous sons.
Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson is the subject of an exciting free exhibition, which opened at The Hoste in Burnham on Thursday last week.
Lord Nelson (1758 - 1805) often frequented the hotel, when it was known as the Pitt Arms, and even used it as a recruiting post.
The exhibition is being run in partnership with the Nelson Museum in Great Yarmouth and features prints loaned to the hotel from the National Maritime Museum.
An unusual exhibit is a life mask of Lord Nelson, which was cast in Vienna during 1800, along with letters written by the sealord and his protege Captain Sir William Hoste.
Hotel owner Brendan Hopkins said: “Nelson loved the Burnhams and spent a great deal of time here at The Hoste; we feel we provide the perfect home for an exhibition to celebrate his legacy.
“Many of our guests are Nelson enthusiasts and are interested in finding out more about his years spent in this area. We want our visitors to engage with Nelson’s story and to take advantage of the chance to learn more about his legacy whilst spending time in one of the places where he used to socialise and stay. Fewer visitors are aware The Hoste was named after another local seafarer, Captain Sir William Hoste.”
Hannah Bentley, exhibition curator, comments: “What’s so special about this exhibition is that it tells the story of William Hoste’s relationship with Nelson and how Nelson nurtured the young sailors who worked with him. Although Hoste’s story is not so well known, he’s another Norfolk hero to be proud of.”
The exhibition is running in the The Hoste’s Garden Lodge, now renamed The Nelson Lodge, and will remain open for a minimum of two years. Opening times are between 10am and 5pm.
Hoste owner Brendan Hopkins examins a model of Nelson’s flagship Victory PICTURE: PETER BIRD MLNF14PB04018
Curators Kerry Robinson Payne and Hannah Bentley examine some of the letters written by William Hoste PICTURE: PETER BIRD MLNF14PB04015
Curator Kerry Robinson Payne with the flags which spelled out Nelson’s famous message at the Battle of Trafalgar: “England expects every man to do his duty” PICUTRE PETER BIRD MLNF14PB04016
Curator Hannah Bentley, left, and hotel co-owner Bee Hopkins with a map of Norfolk, which show places the admiral was associated with PICTURE PETER BIRD MLNF14PB04016
A life mask of Lord Nelson, which was cast during a visit to Vienna in 1800 PICTURE PETER BIRD MLNF14PB04019