The new National Civil War Centre opened it’s doors in May 2015.
Newark-on-Trent was a Royalist stronghold which came under siege three times until the King surrendered the town in 1646.
After extensive restoration the Grade II Old Magnus Building on Appletongate in Newark is expected to attract over 60,000 visitors, will you be one of them? Which side will you choose?
Be prepared to be transported back 370 years in the Centre and learn how one of Britain’s deadliest wars shaped our modern world of today. Why did one brother take up arms against another brother and how did a once all powerful monarch lose his head to an axe man?
The Centre tells the story of the Civil War and Newark’s role within the conflict with interactive exhibits and artefacts donated by local people. It also houses exhibitions which will change periodically.
Also on display at the National Civil War Centre is a 2000 year old Iron Age Torc. It was found in February 2005 on farmland a few miles away from Newark by a local metal detectorist. The gold and silver Torc is dated between 250 and 50 BC and has previously been on display at the British Museum before its return to Newark.
Follow the National Civil War Trail
This trail takes you on a journey around Newark exploring the key sites such as Newark Castle and the Queen’s Sconce. The app has been designed to allow you to experience the stories of local and national characters including King Charles I and John Twentyman (a local eye witness). You can download the app and stories are told through high quality film clips which can be viewed through a smartphone or tablet when the content is triggered by Augmented Reality technology at each location (there are 8 locations around Newark). The app not only includes the Augmented Reality, it also contains an interactive timeline covering national and local events as well as a 360 degree panoramic of Newark Castle during the Civil War and an action packed game. The exclusive content of the game can be unlocked by visiting the National Civil War Centre. In the Centre, you will discover a large portrait of King Charles the 1st, who comes to life when triggered by the app, enabling the exclusive content.
The trail can be followed in any order and you can use the free wi fi at the Museum, Market Place or Castle Grounds to download and use the app.
The Centre is open all year round May – October – 7 days a week 10am-5pm. November – March – Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am-4pm
The museum has a programme of events throughout the year.