Young people from Newark Area Young Archaeogists Club worked with Creative Writer, Dave Wood, and Museum staff to devise questions to ask a selection of characters who played a key part in Newark’s Civil War History.
Dave gave the group a list of words as a starting point to devise questions. These were:
With the creative writer present some of the questions devised were indeed very creative!
Next each participant was given a character and details of the role that they had played during Newark’s Civil War history.
Each character was questioned by the other members of the group. The results can be seen in the links below.
Baron Dohna a German nobleman who led an attack on the Roundhead garrison in Nottingham and was killed by a cannon ball fired from the walls of Nottingham Castle.
Prince Rupert nephew of King Charles and commander of the Royalist cavalry who brought his troops to relieve Newark during the Second Siege. but later argued with the King in the Governor’s House,Newark.
Sir Richard Byron Governor of Newark during the Second Siege who wrote to Prince Rupert asking for help. Royalist ancestor of the poet Lord Byron.
Queen Henrietta Maria wife of Charles the first who raised troops and weapons from Europe for the Royalist cause, including Baron Dohna. She stayed in Newark in a house on Kirkgate.
Hercules Clay mayor of Newark during the Second Siege who dreamt (correctly) that his house would be destroyed during the Parlimentarian bombardment of the town.
King Charles I believed he should rule by the ‘Devine Right’ of Kings and whose conflict with Parliment led to the outbreak of Civil War. He visited Newark several times and argued with Prince Rupert in the Governor’s house.
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.