King's College London - Strandlines
Jane Wildgoose made a tiny coffin for a strand of Lord Nelson's hair. On London History Day Jane will show the coffin and tell the tale of Nelson, the Strand and a strand of Nelson's hair. (Jane is Keyholder of the Cabinet of Artists attached to the Strandlines - Lives on the Strand: Past, Present and Creative project, produced by the Centre for Life-Writing Research at King's College London in association with KCL Archives)
Lord Nelson and the Strand
Meet at: 1pm Roman Bath, Strand Lane
Join artist Jane Wildgoose to hear the story behind 'On One Lost Hair,' the Radio 4 programme she made with Gregory Whitehead and Neil McCarthy in which they bought a tiny strand of Lord Nelson's hair on eBay, unearthed the big story behind it, pondered their responsibilities in owning it - and sailed it down the Thames in a little home-made replica of the decorated coffin that was designed for the hero's funeral in 1806.
Professor Michael Trapp will join Jane to talk about the Bath, Strand Lane and the surrounding area in Nelson's time at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries.
The talk will be followed at 2pm by a visit to Archives at King's College London to view some of the archivists' hand-picked highlights of collections about life in London.
The Strand Lane Baths
5 Strand Lane