Newark played a key role in the English Civil War, withstanding three sieges, and was finally ordered to surrender by King Charles I himself, who incidentally surrendered near Newark. It will come as no real surprise to you to know that we house a fine collection of artefacts relating to the Civil War including:
Relics from one of the most turbulent times in British History, when father fought son and brother fought brother!
A selection of items held within the collections of Newark and Sherwood Museum Service can be viewed on-line at http://www.learnwithmuseums.org/JourneyOverview.asp?id=24
A selection of items from the period are displayed within The Castle and Conflict exhibition at The Gilstrap Centre, Castlegate, Newark.
Schools, Community groups and Researchers can contact The Resource Centre to view objects and documents from the Civil War Collection by appointment.
Newark and Sherwood Museum Service has a collection of over 70,000 objects. Millgate Museum is closed to visitors now as we are in the process of developing a new museum, with a National Civil War Centre, on the Old Magnus Buildings site Appletongate. This new museum will replace the exhibitions at Millgate and the Gilstrap Centre. At the Resource Centre we continue to offer a research service that gives everyone access to our collection of objects and archives and learning sessions for schools and groups in the community. Please ring 01636 655777 or 655730 to make an appointment.