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We are the groundbreaking charity that combines world-class archaeology with veteran care and recovery.

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Take a journey to Waterloo as we bring history to life through videos, articles, lectures and interviews, and photographs. Join Tony Pollard, Phil Harding and others for our Lockdown Lectures, catch up on all the latest news in our monthly Dig Diaries, and follow the finds as they emerge from the ground with our film series from the Battle To Save Lives to an Archaeological Bombshell!

Featured Content

The fallen chestnut of Waterloo

The Duke of Wellington once described Waterloo as “the nearest-run thing you ever saw in your life.” Evidence uncovered by Waterloo Uncovered at Hougoumont and Mont-Saint-Jean has revealed just how true that statement is – and just how close Napoleon came to winning at the Battle of Waterloo.

Jo Clark on site in a waterloo uncovered t-shirt

Waterloo Uncovered supports Veterans and Serving Personnel as they recover from the traumas of war and transition to civilian life, through a programme of archaeology, education and wellbeing support. Learn more about Jo, who participated in our 2020 and 2018 programmes, and her story.

Catherine Exley

Dive into the untold stories of the women of the Peninsular War with historical novelist Katy Moran, featuring art by Juan Hiriart.

Veteran Jo Clark, the Sutton Hoo helmet, and Napoleon Bonaparte

In this month's Dig Diary, we mark the bicentenary of Napoleon's death, observe Mental Health Awareness Week, and fill you in on how the British Museum team got involved in our Virtual Programme!

Our Programmes

After COVID-19 caused the cancellation of our 2020 Excavation in Belgium, we designed a Virtual Support Programme to provide a lifeline to Veterans and Serving Personnel during lockdown. In 2021 we will run the Virtual Programme for the second time, alongside two brand new programmes focussing on finds and creative arts.

Virtual Veterans Programme

Our Story

Read our story

Waterloo Uncovered is a registered UK charity that combines a world‐class archaeology project on the battlefield of Waterloo with veteran care and recovery. Working in partnership with some of Europe's top universities, and through the unique perspective of a team comprised of archaeologists, veterans, and serving soldiers, Waterloo Uncovered aims to understand war and its impact on people — and to educate the public about it.

Archaeology

Learn more about the archaeology

Since 2015, we've been uncovering the secrets of the Battle of Waterloo with an international team of expert battlefield archaeologists and the help of veterans, serving military personnel, volunteers and students. Here, you can explore our full archive of finds, watch our Archaeological Summary videos from each year of the project, view our detailed fieldwork reports, and find information on how you can get involved in archaeology.

Veterans

Learn how we're supporting veterans

Since we began in 2015, over a hundred veterans and serving military personnel, many suffering from the mental and physical impacts of their service, have made the journey with us to Waterloo to participate in the excavations. Once there, they’ve discovered much about the conflict - and about themselves. Find out more about our 12-month Welfare Programme and hear testimonies from the veterans themselves.

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Donate to Waterloo Uncovered

Waterloo Uncovered is a registered charity, and our vital work in veteran welfare and recovery, as well as our important archaeological work at Waterloo, relies on donations and support from organisations, charities and individuals. We can only continue supporting veterans and serving personnel, and uncovering the secrets of the Battlefield, with your help. Can you help a veteran begin their journey towards recovery with Waterloo Uncovered?

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