News The 'death mask' was almost certainly taken by Francis Burton, a British surgeon in attendance at Napoleon's death

The plaster mask was sold for £175,000 to an overseas buyer earlier this year by a descendant of the brother of its original owner

Museum given record £20m donation

An Israeli shipping magnate who served in the Royal Navy has given £20 million to the National Maritime Museum, it was announced today.

Turner wins national art poll

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Dame Ellen sails into a different kind of storm as nation salutes epic voyage

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Horatio Nelson's lost love letters are unearthed

More than a thousand unpublished letters from Lord Nelson - including private love notes to his mistress, Emma Hamilton - have been unearthed in what is being hailed as one of the most important finds in naval history.

Victory

Nelson expected every man to do his duty, and they did not disappoint. Today, an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum begins the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the finest hour in Britain's naval history. The Battle of Trafalgar of 1805 scuppered Napoleon's invasion plans and ensured that Britannia would rule the waves for a century.

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Scott items bought for the nation

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Letter: Nelson's victory

Sir: It is one of many ironies that Nelson's defeat of the French at the Battle of the Nile has only now hit the news thanks to French archaeological work on the site in Aboukir Bay: last year its 200th anniversary was little noticed except in naval circles.

Arts: The Week In Radio - It's easy to mock

BEWARE OF the dog - the distinguished installation artist Bill Fontana was the latest cultural postman to have his ankles nipped by the Airedale John Humphrys (Today, Radio 4, Thursday). Fontana had had the temerity to create a rather intriguing sound sculpture of waves breaking on the shore at Cape Trafalgar for the National Maritime Museum. The Airedale chortled rudely with ersatz mateyness, and the courteous and long-suffering American was abruptly faded out, leaving the Humph to go home to his Millennium Dome prints and Vera Lynn 78s.

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