Writer praises reprieve for historic St Helena house

A fresh call has been made by a writer on St Helenian heritage to protect what remains of its grand country houses. John Tyrrell also praises executive councillors for refusing to lift some of the protection from Wrangham’s in Sandy Bay, to allow it to be sold by St Helena Government. “These fine Georgian country […]

Boney’s death mask fetches £170,000 – despite doubts

A “death mask” made from a cast of Napoleon’s face at Longwood has been sold at auction for three times its expected price – despite doubts raised by a writer on St Helena history. Bonhams of London sold it for £169,250 on Wednesday (19 June 2013). Its estimated sale price was only £40-£60,000. Before the […]

Doubts voiced as Napoleon death mask is auctioned

A death mask of Napoleon Bonaparte was due to be auctioned by Bonhams in London on 19 June 2013 with an expected price of £40,000 to £60,000 – but historian John Tyrrell has questioned its authenticity. The Bonhams online catalogue said it was cast for the Rev Richard Boys, senior chaplain on St Helena at […]

Jamestown plan looks like a cut-down Cape Town, writer warns

Further criticism has been aimed at the proposals to turn Jamestown into a tourist centre – this time by historian John Tyrrell, after a return visit to St Helena. His internet journal describes the “rather bad tempered” public meeting held on the Jamestown 20-20 Vision document in mid-March 2013. He writes: “The author, off the […]

Escape plan put Boney in a barrel

Plans were made to carry Napoleon away from captivity at Longwood in a barrel, according to a new book reviewed on John Tyrrell’s blog, Reflections on A Journey to St Helena. He says The Emperor’s Last Campaign, by Emilio Ocampo, is ‘a fascinating and important book which provides a totally new perspective on Napoleon’s captivity on […]