The Napoleonic Prison Camp of Norman Cross

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This lecture explores the story of Norman Cross – the site of the world’s first purpose-built prisoner-of- war camp constructed during the Napoleonic Wars.

Opened in 1797, it was more than just a prison: it was a town in itself, with houses, offices, butchers, bakers, a hospital, a school, a market and a banking system. It was an important prison and military establishment in the east of England with a lively community of some 7,000 French inmates. Alongside a comprehensive examination of the prison itself, this detailed and informative book, compiled by a leading expert on the Napoleonic era, explores what life was like for inmates and turnkeys alike – the clothing, food, health, education, punishment and, ultimately, the closure of the depot in 1814.

Copies of Paul Chamberlain’s much-anticipated new book about the prison camp are available to ticket-holders at the special price of £13.95 (RRP £16.99)

The talk will be followed by light refreshments and a book signing.

Booking is highly recommended for this talk. To book, please visit our website or call Peterborough Museum at 01733 864663. If you require any further information, please call the Museum or email


Past Event

The Napoleonic Prison Camp of Norman Cross

Sat 19 May 2018


Ends: Sat 19 May 9:30PM

Peterborough Museum

Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF

01733 864663

£6 adults, £4 concessions, including light refreshments

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