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The National Civil War Trail

The National Civil War Trail (NCWT) will take you on a journey to explore the key sites around Newark such as Newark Castle and the Queen’s Sconce. Find out more about the app and the trial here:

Fortress Newark – launching 3rd/4th May 2015!

The National Civil War Centre opens its’ doors this weekend with a spectacular event.

Click the link below for details on Fortress Newark:

Reflexology Workshop! All proceeds to the Friends.

Experience a taster reflexology session and learn basic techniques with instruction from a qualifiied practitioner.

When:Sunday 31st August 2014 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Where: Newark and Sherwood CVS, 67 Northgate, Newark, NG24 1HD

Cost: £5 per person and this includes refreshments!

Please bring your own towels.

Limited places available, to reserve yours contact Newark and Sherwood Museum Service on 01636 655777 / 655730

All proceeds go the Friends of Newark and Sherwood Museums Service.


Download the poster by clicking here: relexologyclass





Search for budding garden designers

Gardeners with a flair for design and a sense of history could make their mark on the development of a new community garden at the Newark Museum and National Civil War Centre, now under construction at the old Magnus School in Appletongate.

The Friends of Newark and Sherwood Museum Service are seeking ideas for the community garden in space set aside in the rear courtyard of the museum.

Rae Elliot, Chair of the Friends said: “This is an opportunity for the community to have a say in what we include in the garden, from seating to the kind of plants there are. It’s a small space but with a bit of imagination we can make something special out of it. We’re keen to see the garden link with the museum in some way.”

Project Manager Bryony Robins said: “The plot sits behind the Tudor hall in a south-facing position – an ideal sun-trap. It would be great for outdoor café seating and it’s a safe space for children as it’s away from traffic. ”

Ideas so far have included planting 17th-Century medicinal herbs and a Victorian apothecary garden. There’s also the opportunity to re-instate a sundial left from when this space was the headmaster’s private garden.

The community garden will be open to the public without having to visit the museum. If you would like to share your ideas please go to on Twitter @civilwarcentre / email


Travelling the Roman Fosse Way – A talk by Mark Patterson

The Friends of Newark & Sherwood Museum Service present:

 Travelling the Roman Fosse Way

A talk by Mark Patterson

author of Roman Nottinghamshire

When: Thursday 20 June, 7:30 pm at Newark Town Hall

Where: Newark Town Hall

Costs: £4.00 per person

Please book as places are limited: / 01636 655 730

Click here to download a poster:

 Mark Patterson poster

Invitation from Friends of Lincoln Museums

We have recieved the following invitation from the The Friends of Lincoln Museums:

Date:             Thursday, 13 June 2013

Time:             10:00

Location/meeting point:    Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Old Barracks, Burton Road, Lincoln LN1 3LY

Programme:        Presentation on the History of Old Barracks (c 1 hour), followed by Tour of uphill Lincoln (with Blue Badge Guide)

Cost:             £6.00 per head (including coffee on arrival)

If you would like to attend, then please us the Contact Us Page to register your interest.

Friends Social & Quiz Night – Prince Rupert – Tuesday 19th March 2013

The Friends are holding a Social and Quiz Night at the Prince Rupert on Stodman Street, Newark,  starting at 7.0pm on Tuesday 19 March 2013.
The cost is a donation of £3.00 (or more if you wish) to include the quiz, and pizza.

The quiz is in five rounds.
Two rounds of 10 questions each on History and Entertainment.
Two rounds of 10 questions on General knowledge.
and a picture round of 10 questions on Geography.

All very easy….. (only one or two on sport in the GK rounds).
Teams are to a maximum of FOUR participants
and the is a limit on persons in the venue, ………

by telephoning   01636 655730 (office hours only).

Good Luck from
Allan Towler and Kevin WinterYour quizmasters for the evening.

Local Giving – match funding available!

Renew your membership or make a donation to The Friends by using Local Giving and up to £10 will be matched! lets you find and give to local charities and community groups. Each charity or community group has been validated before registering with, so you can be confident that your donations are going to bona fide charitable organisations.

This is the website you will need:

Charity Christmas Craft Fair – Saturday 1st December 2012

There will be a Christmas Fair on Saturday 1st December from 10am to 4pm.

The event will be at the Barnby Gate Methodist Church Hall.

Entrance – £1.00 for adults (including entry to £500 prize draw)

Refreshments available

Proceeds are in aid of the Friends of Newark & Sherwood Museum Service

Registered Charity No: 1146475

Download the poster:Christmas_Craft_Fair_Poster

Report on the Trent Vale Challenge as it raises over £2,000

Report by Ann Coyne:

The Friends and staff from the museum service joined the Sunday night pub quiz at the Royal Oak at East Bridgford.  Some Civil War questions organised by Kevin Winter and Michael Hawes were included in the usual pub quiz and some kind donations were made by the people at the Quiz. 

 On 18th June 8 intrepid walkers from the Friends of Newark and Sherwood Museum service and staff from the museum service set off along the 11mile walk to Southwell.  The route followed the Trent for most of the way and after a quick pit stop at the Full Moon at Morton, we walked to Southwell.  The sight of the Minster at the last hill was most welcome to the weary crew.

 Two UPS employees were part of the team this day and the highlight of the day was a stop at the memorial to the two crews who crashed in the Lancasters at Hoveringham. (Photo).  The Civil War Pub Quiz at Southwell was tough and it was tempting to phone a friend, that was if you had a friend who knew the answers.

 Tuesday 19th, a team of 11 walked 10miles from Southwell to Newark.  Due to the recent rain the undergrowth along the field path between the road to the racecourse and Upton mill was very high and made it hard going.  After fighting through the jungle the walkers tackled Micklebarrow Hill and went on to Kelham Hall.  The Barnbygate Strollers joined the party here and Kevin Winter gave a short talk on the Surrender of Charles I to the Scots.  (Photo)

 The other highlight of the day was the fanfare welcome at Newark Castle by the Friends of the Castle and the opportunity to enter via the Water Gate in the Castle wall.  A rare treat indeed. (Photo)

A few real ale beers were enjoyed later at the Civil War Pub Quiz at the Prince Rupert in Newark and it was won by Linda, Bill and Lisa. 

 Melissa and Kevin Rookes joined the 6 of us for the 7.30 start on Wednesday 20th June.  Hester Kapur from Trent Vale Landscape Partnership sent us on our way on the 18mile walk from Newark to Dunham-on-Trent.  We met at Holme by Jim Wishart who gave a talk on the early river crossing between N Muskham and Holme and showed us round the church at Holme. 

 We had coffee and cake stop at Collingham after visiting the John Blow School where Ruth and Liz from the museum outreach team educated the children about the Civil War.  The 9 1/2 miles from Collingham to Dunham seemed a long way but the vistas from Clifton Hill were superb back to Newark and into Lincolnshire. (photo).  The walkers had a well deserve break at the Bridge Inn at Dunham prior to travelling back to Newark and an evening off.

 The weather had been very kind to the walkers considering the summer to date, however on midsummer eve 21st June this of course had to change.  Shorts and T-shirts now gave way to waterproof trousers, jackets and in one case a hat from down under.  By the time Littleborough was reached at lunch the water was running in my boots.  Emily Gillott, Community Archaeologist gave a talk on Roman Littleborough at the church. Photo

 After lunch the sun started to shine and the intrepid party walked along the Trent all the way to Gainsborough.  The party of 6 reached Gainsborough Old Hall on time and enjoyed the buffet awaiting their arrival.  Paul Howitt-Cowan, chair of the Friends of the Old Hall, gave a marvellous talk on Gainsborough in the Civil War.

 The walk has raised £2,000 not including gift aid and thanks to the 18 walkers and two dogs who took part over the four days and also to the Barnbygate Strollers.  Thanks to our support drivers Keith and Mike and to everyone else who helped with the events and made the walk possible.  Thanks also to our wildlife photographer Bryony who seemed to be practicing for the Countryfile calendar competition.

 Watch out for the March of the Romans in 2013.