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Newark History Themes – Primary

A river, roads and railways (People and Places)

Since prehistoric times, Newark’s important transportation arteries – river, roads, railways – have brought waves of invaders, migrants, and settlers to the region.

Conflict and resolution

Throughout its history, Newark’s strategic location has thrust its citizens repeatedly into national and international conflicts, their experiences demonstrating the lasting impact of war and the resilience of ordinary lives.

Poverty and Prosperity

Like many English towns, Newark’s architecture and surviving artefacts bear witness to the town’s periods of prosperity – based on transportation and trade – as well as its lean times – r6eflected in its philanthropic institutions – over many centuries.

Status & Power

Over the centuries, the changing forms of governance experienced by residents of the Newark area exemplifies trends elsewhere in the country, and the legacies of these can be seen in the buildings and artefacts that survive today and the stories they tell.

Progress and Cultural Change

Newark has often been at the forefront of cultural change, and illustrates the broader impact that local institutions and influential residents can have on health, welfare, and human rights.

Status & Power

Over the centuries, the changing forms of governance experienced by residents of the Newark area exemplifies trends elsewhere in the
country, and the legacies of these can be seen in the buildings and artefacts that survive today and the stories they tell.

Progress and Cultural Change

Newark has often been at the forefront of cultural change, and illustrates the broader impact that local institutions and influential residents can have on health, welfare, and human rights.

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