Walking into history.

Found myself at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution yesterday to talk to the first group of people who had signed on for a Nelson Walk around the city – organised by The Nelson Society with help from BRLSI and Bath World Heritage Enhancement Fund.

Some of the walkers who joined me around the phial of brandy exhibit.

Where better place to start than the phial of liquid – on display as part of the museum,’s Chosen exhibition – and which l had been honoured to guest curate. It’s alleged to have come from the brandy-filled barrel in which Lord Nelson’s body was brought home from Trafalgar and has been in the collection here since 1862.

Brian Hall from The Nelson Society – who led the walk – is picture second from right.

This national hero paid many visits to Bath during his life and so did his wife, father and even his mistress!

On their way to ‘follow’ Nelson around Bath.

The Guided Trail Exploring Admiral Lord Nelson’s Connection to Bath will be repeated on Saturday, May 11th, Saturday, June 8th and Saturday June 22nd.

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Tours last an hour and you book through Bath Box Office.

Brian Hall – who lead the walk – told me later:

“I think we nailed it!   Maybe a few minor adjustments and additional points of extra info?  but overall I felt that our guests went home very happy.”