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How can I find out if I have connections with the Trafalgar crews and ships?

You can trace your Trafalgar ancestors in a number of ways, including:

  • The National Archives (formerly the Public Records Office)
  • The Trafalgar Roll – a unique list of every officer and man who fought in the British fleet at the battle of Trafalgar, compiled by Pamela and Derek Ayshford.

What's the difference between the Trafalgar Festival and the Trafalgar Weekend?

The Trafalgar Festival runs throughout the whole year and focuses on Nelson in a wider sense, while the Trafalgar Weekend marks the battle itself and will be an occasion for lots of events big and small, both commemorative and just plain fun.

Will the Official Nelson Commemorations Committee (ONCC) organise and fund my event for 2005?

No – the ONCC cannot financially support events being planned for the Trafalgar Festival, nor itself organise any of the Festival's events. It is purely a forum in which individual societies, organisations and companies can discuss the events they are planning and work together to create a unified programme.

Will the ONCC help to publicise my event?

Yes, the ONCC will be pleased to promote events and activities planned for 2005, on the SeaBritain website and in any other method of promotion it may be involved with. Because the ONCC is a communications and information forum, it can put event organisers in touch with one another to ensure the smooth and efficient running of events throughout the Trafalgar Festival.

Will the Royal Navy be involved in the Trafalgar Festival?

Every year the Royal Navy (RN) celebrates its most famous naval victory on 21 October with a ceremony on HMS 'Victory', and commemorates the death of Nelson with dinners in, and toasts to, his memory at RN Trafalgar Night dinners at home and abroad. For the bicentenary in 2005, the RN is planning some special events, details of which are currently being finalised.

Will the Trafalgar Festival be an international celebration?

The Festival will be an ideal opportunity to promote friendship between nations. The peoples of France and Spain – Nelson's foes at the Battle of Trafalgar – are enthusiastically planning events to mark the bicentenary. Further afield, a sequence of bell-ringing in churches beginning in New Zealand will mark Trafalgar day 2005, which will then be taken up as dawn breaks in Australia, South Africa, and Gibraltar. An exhibition on the commemoration of Nelson is also being planned at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Will there be anything in the Trafalgar Festival which will be of interest to children and young people?

One of the main aims of the Festival is to promote a wider understanding, especially among young people, of the importance of our maritime culture to Britain's national identity. Many of the events being organised are aimed specifically at young people. For example The Woodlands Trust and the Society for Nautical Research are planning, throughout 2005, a programme of tree-planting to commemorate the bicentenary, aimed specifically at all primary and secondary schools in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Why are the celebrations to mark the Battle of Trafalgar not only taking place on the anniversary of the 21 October?

The 'Trafalgar Weekend' from Friday 21 October to Sunday 23 October 2005 will be the culmination of the Trafalgar Festival. But by spreading the Festival's events over the summer and autumn of 2005, people across the country will be able to enjoy a whole range of activities, exhibitions, concerts, lectures and performances. Many of these events will be held out-of-doors during the summer.

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