National Civil War Centre, Newark Museum and Newark Castle: fully facilitated, interactive and curriculum-linked learning opportunities

National Civil War Centre, Newark Museum and Newark Castle: fully facilitated, interactive and curriculum-linked learning opportunities for children of all ages, delivered with the strong belief that you can’t beat real-life, hands-on experiences.

What were the causes of the British Civil Wars? Who were the soldiers and what was life like for ordinary people during the wars?  Using fun costumes, replica objects and access to the museum’s civil war galleries, children in KS2 and 3 can discover the answers through a selection of workshops. In our Arms and Armour session, your class will become army recruits, learning a musket drill and re-enacting a (foam) pike battle. Enjoy a town tour with a costumed character, as they show you the sites and divulge why Newark was so strategically important both locally and nationally. Secondary school visitors can also relive the trial of King Charles I, with students taking on the roles of judges, guards and the accused. They will use archive sources to investigate the issues surrounding the trial and make their own verdict on whether the King should indeed have lost his head. The team also offers A-level sessions based on the exam syllabus, which include self-guided exploration of the galleries and hands-on object encounters with real 17th century artefacts.

Our Learning Sessions are not just about the Civil War either as we also look after the Newark Museum collection. This academic year we have introduced an Ice Age Journeys half-day workshop in local schools and a Victorian tour of Newark.  Borrow a Discovery Box to use in the classroom, or try one of our new Object Theatre Boxes such as the Museum of Me – objects, digital resources and sound/video files to enrich a local history topic.

To find out more about our activities, resources and online offer for schools, visit www.nationalcivilwarcentre.com

http://www.nationalcivilwarcentre.com

 or email civilwarlearning@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk

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Subject areas

  • History
  • Language and Literacy
  • Theatre and Performing Arts

Key stages

  • Key Stage 2
  • Key Stage 3

Offers a free option?

  • Yes

Can deliver in-school?

  • Yes

Counts toward Arts Award?

  • Yes

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