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The Viscount Palmerston

Barrington’s admiration for the humanity, wit and decisiveness of his chief are affectionately apparent in this portrait of the great Whig Prime Minister at the height of his powers.

Robert Woodall describes how Palmerston lost office in February 1858 during the Anglo-French controversy over Orsini’s bomb plot.

Terence O’Brien recounts how some women served with their husbands in the Crimean War as cooks, laundresses and nurses to the Regiment.

'The chief difficulty Alice found at first was in managing her flamingo'. Illustration by John Tenniel, 1865.

One summer day, the author of the famous 'Alice' books first sent his heroine down a rabbit hole into a fantastic underground world, enriched with his own memories of many different scenes and characters.

A.J.P. Taylor on one of those surprising outsiders with a touch of mischief – in this case a man whose political career spanned nearly sixty years.

R. E. Foster explains the young Palmerston’s progress from Tory to Liberal.

Britain's new Prime Minister took office on February 5th, 1855.

Mark Rathbone considers why Lord Palmerston was the dominant political leader in Britain from 1855 to 1865.