5 February 2012

National Civil War Centre at funding bid stage

A computer-generated impression of what the Centre might eventually look like. Image: © Campbell & Co.

Newark and Sherwood District Council has submitted a further bid for £3.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to establish a National Civil War Centre in Newark.

The bid is the second stage of the process after the council was awarded £200,000 to develop the proposals ...

This Centre will forms part of a larger review of Newark's heritage service totalling £5 million, taking in Newark Millgate Museum, Newark Castle*, outreach learning programmes, and the Queen’s Sconce, one of the best preserved English Civil War fortifications in the country.

Planners hope that centre will become a "a gateway to national Civil War learning, an excellent resource for schools, a vibrant location for artists and a unique venue for meetings, events and celebrations".

The Old Magnus Buildings, previously Newark Museum Appletongate and part of which dates back to 1529, will house the Centre. Further images and floor plans can be seen here.

The Council will find out in May whether its bid has been successful.

The proposal is a further indication that the Midlands is investing in its English Civil War heritage: plans to build a visitor centre adjacent to the Naseby battlefield also recently won approval.

*See my previous article about ongoing repair work to Newark Castle, besieged three times during the English Civil War.


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