Work starts on civil war centre

Work has started on the nation's first civil war centre in Newark, the £4.5 million centre is expected to attract 60,000 visitors a year.

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Lottery grant helps to fund UK's first civil war centre

Newark and Sherwood District Council will begin work today on the UK's first National Civil War Centre.

The £5.4 million project includes a £3.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Civil War re-enactors return to Newark Castle to mark the start of work on the new Civil War Centre Credit: Newark and Sherwood District Council

Items to go on display include an Iron Age Newark Torc or necklace, an exquisite Anglo-Saxon gold cross, paintings from Newark-born artist Sir William Nicholson and the Byron Press, used to print a number of the early works of the Victorian poet Lord Byron.

Civil War tract in the Newark and Sherwood District Council archives telling the dramatic story of the sieges of Newark Credit: Newark and Sherwood District Council

Local people to be employed on civil war centre project

A £4.5 million project to develop a Grade II listed building in Newark into the Uk's first civil war centre has begun.

Woodhead Heritage has promised to employ local people on the project, working with apprentices and students.

Simon Butler, from Woodhead Heritage, said:

Our head office is based in the district and we strongly believe in employing local people to work on this project. During the works we shall be working with apprentices and work experience students from construction courses to provide learning opportunities in specialist heritage skills. We are keen to encourage the development of heritage skills in construction to ensure our heritage buildings continue to be protected in the future.

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Work starts on nation's first civil war centre in Newark

Work has started on the nation's first civil war centre in Newark, the £4.5 million National Civil War Centre is expected to attract 60,000 visitors a year.

Councillor Tony Roberts, MBE, Chair of Leisure and Environment Committee at Newark and Sherwood District Council Credit: Newark and Sherwood District Council

The struggle to control Newark, a Royalist town, was one of the defining events of the Civil War.

The centre will be the first of its kind anywhere in the UK, Councillor Tony Roberts, MBE, said, "the Centre will have vibrant galleries, trails and resources providing a thrilling experience for families."

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