Reference numberDEJ/2/1
TitleNapoleon's wallpaper
DescriptionMaterial related to David Jones's investigations into the levels of arsenic in the wallpaper of Napoleon's room in Longwood on St Helena.
Extent1 box
ArrangementArranged into five files: Correspondence relating to Napoleon's wallpaper, Notes and technical data on Napoleon's wallpaper, Research materials held on Napoleon's wallpaper, Paper drafts relating to Napoleon's wallpaper, and Papers relating to the BBC's 'The Periodic Table - Napoleon's Wallpaper'
Access statusOpen
Administrative historyIn 1980 David Jones hosted a BBC Radio 4 programme, on which he asked listeners if anyone knew the colour of the wallpaper of Napoleon Bonaparte's room in St Helena, where he was held between 1815 and 1821. Jones speculated that if this wallpaper was green, it is possible that Napoleon was poisoned by arsenical vapours from it.
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