The internationally-acclaimed, modern-day war artist Arabella Dorman was among guests at the unveiling of a recently restored, historic collection of Crimean War prints at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park.

The rare collection of prints is of watercolours by William Simpson (1823-99), depicting vivid scenes from the Crimean War of 1853 to 56. It was gifted by Queen Mary in 1947, the year the educational foundation was established at Cumberland Lodge.

The collection was restored to mark the 90th birthday of the Queen by the Hobson Charity.

The restoration work was carried out by local restorer Malcolm Leach, who owns the Manley Gallery on Eton High Street and is Treasurer of the Eton Community Association. He attended the unveiling with his wife Katie.

The Chief Executive of the charity at Cumberland Lodge, Canon Dr Edmund Newell, said: "It is wonderful to see the collection all back together at the Lodge, and we would also like to extend our grateful thanks to Malcolm Leach for restoring them so meticulously and bringing them back to their former glory.

"We look forward to welcoming many more people to see the collection in the future, as part of our regular tours and open days, and other public events. They will also be on display for the thousands of students and guests who visit us every year, for conferences, study retreats, meetings and special events’.

The writer and former foreign correspondent Edna Fernandes, also attended the unveiling ceremony.

Afterwards, special oined members of the public for an evening Conversation with Arabella Dorman, to hear about her life and work and her first-hand experiences of working in war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, with refugees and people affected by war in Palestine, Gaza, Lebanon and Syria.

A video of Arabella’s moving account is available to watch on the Cumberland Lodge website at