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Dr Kate Williams reveals the scandalous life story

19 November 2014

Dr Kate Williams reveals the scandalous life story of Lady Emma Hamilton, mistress of Lord Nelson

Thursday 5 March. 8pm

The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre is delighted to announce that renowned historian Dr Kate Williams will be coming to give a talk on the remarkable love affair between Admiral Lord Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton.

Kate Williams is well known from her many television appearances, and is also a prolific writer and lecturer. She began researching the amazing life of Emma Hamilton while studying for her doctorate, and has written about her in her book England's Mistressthe Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton. Born into poverty, Emma moved to London at the age of 12, and by16 was working in a house of ill repute. Her beauty was destined to fascinate many aristocratic admirers, until at length she captured the heart of England’s great naval hero, Lord Nelson. It is interesting to note that while still a young woman she was employed as a hostess by the owner of Uppark, a country house in West Sussex.













Kate Williams describes in colourful detail the events that led to Nelson and Emma’s affair, and how it shocked the nation. She has a great gift for making historical details come to life, and enabling her audience to visualise characters from long ago as real people with recognisable desires and failings.


2015 marks the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, and the 210th anniversary of the death of Nelson. Demand for tickets for Kate Williams’ talk is bound to be high, so please book early.


Tickets are priced at £12.50, or £11.25 for concessions. To book, please contact the Box Office on 023 9247 2700.