Welcome to the Nelson Society


It was announced in the Daily Mail  on 13th October 2020 that a letter written by Lord Nelson, to wealthy slave owner Simon Taylor in 1805, had been forged by the anti-abolitionist movement to support its case against the abolition of slavery.  That article by Martyn Downer draws on research undertaken in conjunction with The Nelson Society into the matter and its findings are published in the article which can be accessed by clicking here

Within this website you will find the story of the life and times of Lord Nelson and those most closely associated with one of the greatest sea-officers in history.

The story is an epic adventure into history that started in a remote Norfolk village and ended in victory at the biggest naval battle the world had ever seen. Nelson threw the rule-books away, defied his superiors and scandalised Georgian society but, even so, still drew the respect, admiration and devotion of those who served under his command and of the British nation as a whole.

Nelson briefs his officers before the Battle of Trafalgar 21st October 1805

Nelson briefs his officers before the Battle of Trafalgar 21st October 1805

For new visitors

We recommend that you read the Introduction first, this explains why Nelson became a hero in his own lifetime. It also gives you an idea as to what kind of man he was. FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) covers a lot of information on Nelson’s life and times so this is well worth a look.

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Joining The Nelson Society

Please follow the link at the top of this page to find out how to join us. New members are very welcome. All receive a Membership Welcome Pack, and free copies of our quarterly journal ‘The Nelson Dispatch’, a 64-page colour magazine which contains original articles, research, news and full details of our varied and sociable programme of events. There are six main events each year including our Trafalgar weekend in October (a residential event incorporating the Annual General Meeting, lectures, visits, and of course our splendid Trafalgar Dinner).  The annual event programme also includes ‘behind-the-scenes’ visits to historical locations associated with Nelson in the UK and abroad, and special invitations to exclusive events, exhibitions, commemorative luncheons and talks. Members also have free access to our online archive of ‘The Nelson Dispatch’ (13 volumes, each volume consisting of 12 issues, published since 1981), invaluable for  Nelson research and general interest alike. We look forward to welcoming you to The Nelson Society!