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STOP PRESS: National Civil War Centre now OPEN!!!!!!

Plans are being put together to re-open the historic Old Magnus Buildings to the public as a new museum, telling the story of the district of Newark and Sherwood, and as a national centre for Civil War learning. Newark and Sherwood District Council has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to carry out the initial development work on the project, but is hoping to apply for a further HLF support to bring the new museum to life. Local fundraising will also help make the project a reality.

The Old Magnus Buildings site in Appleton Gate, Newark includes a range of architectural styles from a Tudor hall, a Georgian town house and school hall and Victorian outbuildings, each of which has its own distinctive period style. An extension will need to be built to house a lift and improve the accessibility to the buildings.

The new museum and learning centre will have the following facilities -

  • permanent exhibitions about the English Civil War and Newark history galleries
  • temporary exhibitions showcasing the museum’s collections
  • hirable art gallery space
  • learning spaces for schools and adult learners
  • community facilities including meeting rooms
  • cafe and shop

The exhibitions will have two distinct areas, each located in a different wing of the main building.

The Newark Story will explain how the district has developed from prehistoric times to present day, through its strategic position on the river and arterial roads, important people, local trades and industries and important events.

There are also plans to interpret the story of the buildings from Tudor school to twenty-first century museum.

The second area will tell the unique tale of a town under siege in the Civil War and how as the key to the north, Newark played a significant part in the national politics that are still relevant today. Local partners and interested people have been consulted to develop an activity plan. The plans include a range of activities, some of which are listed in the box below.

Planned activities:

  • guided tours of the buildings
  • talks, lectures and conferences
  • family activities; quizzes, trails and children’s workshops
  • workshops for schools and groups at the museum
  • discovery boxes with replica and handling objects and information – for groups and schools to borrow
  • special events; music evenings, celebrations and arts events
  • temporary history exhibitions
  • temporary exhibition space for artists and local groups
  • satellite exhibitions for display in local libraries, leisure centres and other public spaces

The project is supported by a Friends group who are involved in promotion, education, research and general support towards the improvement of Newark and Sherwood Museums Service in co-operation with museums staff.