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Marking the bicentenary of The Battle of Waterloo, with Waterloo Teeth!

Today marks the bicentenary of The Battle of Waterloo, but with so many fascinating stories to pick up on, deciding what we wanted to share on our blog was indeed, a challenge. We decided however, to mark the occasion with a look at ‘Waterloo Teeth’.

Kindly shared with us by Zac Fine of ‘Fine Content’, and published in The Sutton Guardian, our attention is drawn to an ancestor of ‘George Thomas Keppel’, Dr Tom Keppel, a Surrey based dentist, who is using the bicentenary of the battle to remind people how fortunate they are to live free from toothache.

Dr Keppel told Zac, “200 years ago most people lost many teeth and experienced agony in the mouth throughout their lives” adding, “Waterloo flooded the dentures market with ‘Waterloo Teeth’- good front teeth ripped from young soldiers killed in the battle”.

Similarly it was great to see the BBC feature ‘Waterloo Teeth’ on their news site:

‘The prospect of thousands of British, French and Prussian teeth – sitting in the mouths of recently-killed soldiers on the battlefield at Waterloo – was an attractive one for looters.The teeth would have been pulled out with pliers by surviving troops and locals.’

I think we are all very grateful for dental technology and practice having come so far over the last 200 years, but how fascinating to see how the advanced technologies we now utilize, developed and tie in with the narratives of historic events such as The Battle of Waterloo.

To read the full article from Fine Content please visit: Fine Content Article

Waterloo Teeth BBC article : BBC News Article

 Find out if any of your ancestors fought in the battle: Waterloo Descendants BookWaterloo 200 Bicentenary

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Bethany HibbsMarking the bicentenary of The Battle of Waterloo, with Waterloo Teeth!

Commemorating a Very Special 200th Anniversary…The Battle of Waterloo

You may..or may not be aware that we are fast approaching the 200th anniversary of ‘The Battle of Waterloo‘!

2015 rather importantly,marks the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and in recognition of such, the ‘Waterloo 200 Project’ has evolved. Waterloo 200, is dedicated, with its partners the National Army Museum and Culture 24, to ‘commemorating’ the vital event and showing just how relevant Waterloo remains today.

The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo provides a unique opportunity to remember the historical significance of this event and how it acted as a catalyst for change. Given the extensive structures which now exist within the European Union, the profound habit of cooperation and pooling of sovereignty to defend and promote European values and common interests, the commemorative themes of multi-national cooperation,  integration and of pan-European security and stability are relevant and timely.

Hence there was a need to commemorate, but to also celebrate the important Historical intricacies of the battle and all those who fought to bring to an end to 23 years of war, and that’s where we came in!

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The Waterloo 200 Descendants book provides a space, within which some truly remarkable stories can be and have been shared. All too often, documents and stories are ‘locked’ away, spread across the archives of vast museums even, or simply just untapped in some by-gone memory or family relic. The descendants book we have created provides a real opportunity to unearth never before told stories, to present them in our bespoke online book, and to preserve them for future generations in a way that is open, accessible and dare I say interesting!

We were fortunate enough to have ‘The Western Morning News’ pop by so we could share with them some tales of the exciting things we get up to and hence wanted to share the article they so kindly put together.

Western Morning News Article

If you would like to take a peak at, or even add your stories to our Waterloo 200 Descendants book please follow the link below!

http://www.nam.ac.uk/waterloo200/about/

Speak soon and thank you for reading the Blog! Beth (The newest and youngest member of the team!) x

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Bethany HibbsCommemorating a Very Special 200th Anniversary…The Battle of Waterloo