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

The bizarre case of Nelson and the stump muff fragment

Things to do, places to go this weekend

Letter: Lottery funds for Neptune Hall

From Lord Rothschild

Leaked memo attacks funding decision

Crisis at Greenwich: Multi-million pound project could be scrapped without National Lottery Memorial Fund backing

Philip wades into battle for lottery cash

Duke of Edinburgh lobbies Major

The Greenwich debate

Greenwich has faced many challenges in its long and glorious history, and that posed by the closure of the Royal Naval College is as great as any. But it is also an opportunity, and one which, with imagination and vision, can be used to revive this priceless part of London for the 21st century. The views of the Greenwich Society can be listed under the following three points.

Letter: The bust is for the birds

From Mrs J. K. Tower

Letter: Taking responsibility for the `Versailles of London'

Sir: In addition to its intrinsic architectural and historic values, the Royal Naval College at Greenwich forms an integral part of one of the finest landscape compositions in this country.

College 'must stay in public hands'

Heritage at risk

Labour says Naval College should be taken off market

IAN MacKINNON

Buyers rush for Greenwich college

More than a thousand organisations have expressed an interest in buying a long lease on the Royal Naval College at Greenwich, one of Britain's greatest architectural gems.

'Intense' Nelson relaxed after losing arm

Handwriting tests show radical personality change. David Keys reports

London: the step-by-step guide

Michael Leapman wanders around Greenwich village

X-ray reveals the young Nelson

Portraiture/ hidden image

Survivor to open `Titanic' memorial

Edith Haisman (right), a survivor of the Titanic, surveying the memorial garden that she will open today at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, south-east London.
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