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Life for James Wolfe
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James Wolfe was an eighteenth century British military general, who is most famous for defeating the French in the Battle of Quebec in Canada in 1759. Despited garnering victory, Wolfe died from injuries suffered from three musket balls. He was considered a hero and often nicknamed 'The Conquerer of Canada'.

As a child, he grew up in Westerham, in a house called the Spiers. When the National Trust took over this historic site, they renamed it Quebec House in his honour.

Admission to Quebec House is 5 for adults and 2.50 for children. While there, visitors can expect to learn all about James Wolfe, and see how he would have lived. On an average day, this would just involve walking round the house, and reading up on the information provided, but on special days throughout the year, Quebec House hold historical re-enactments of life back in the Georgian period. These events are great for kids, because it keeps them a whole lot more engaged.

Colonial Militia
1st & 2nd June, 2nd & 3rd November
1pm-5pm


The British Empire was going strong in the eighteenth century; follow the pioneering men who lived on the frontier, and learn about their way of life.

With Map and Rifle
15th June , 6th July, 3rd August
1pm-5pm


A surveyor from the eighteenth century has travelled forward in time to tell you how important he was in the Quebec Campaign. He will explain how map makers played a key role in securing victory.

Mothers and Daughters
27th July, 31st August, 16th November
1pm-5pm


Learn what life was like for teenage girls in the Georgian period. Find out what her education would have involved, and what the relationship with her mother would have been like. There will also be music from the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.

Wolfe's Infantry
27th July, 31st August, 16th November
1pm-5pm


On the same days, you can also meet the solider's from General Wolfe's infantry. They will be doing drills, performing weaponry demonstrations, and describe the life of an army officer. You will also get to learn about eighteenth century uniforms.

The Eighteenth Century Surgeon
31st August & 1st September
1pm-5pm


Discover the severity of General Wolfe's fatal wounds when he fought in the Battle of Quebec, and see the techniques used by his skilful surgeon.

The Seven Years War
7th & 8th September
1pm-5pm


The Battle of Quebec was a long time coming; things all started in 1756 during the outbreak of The Seven Years War. Watch the massive reenactment of Wolfe's final battle on King George's Playing Field. Admission is free.
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Why? History comes to life
When: Events until 8th Sept
Phone: 01732 868381
Where: Quebec House
Cost: 5 adult, 2.50 children
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