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Hardy and the Military

"Thomas Hardy and the Military? What does Thomas Hardy have to do with the military?"

When thinking of Hardy and the Military, one's mind may immediately turn to Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas 'Kiss Me' Hardy and Nelson in his final moments aboard HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.

However, the lifespan of his namesake and locally-born author, Thomas Hardy, spanned a number of significant military campaigns which influenced his works. Stories of the Napoleonic campaigns became backdrops to some of his novels, while his later poetry is influenced by his views of the Boer War and World War I.

The new exhibition showcases some of the finest objects from our collection including the 'Nile Sword' believed to have belonged to Vice-Admiral Thomas Hardy, and 'The Drum of the Evershot Company of the Dorset Volunteers'. Set to the 'Song of the Dorset Militia' performed by the Yetties and reproduced with the kind permission of Bonny Sartin, this exhibition is a different approach to Hardy that you won't want to miss.

Photograph: Curator Chris Copson putting the display together.







The Keep: 14th Aug 2018 12:00:00