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Newark Military History Conference

In collaboration with the National Civil War Centre and Military History MonthlyMilitary History Live is organising the first Newark Military History Conference.

With sessions covering a broad range of iconic conflicts and featuring top specialists, this will be two intensive days of talks, debates, discussions, and hands-on seminars that will appeal to every military history enthusiast. The first of what is planned to become an annual event will take place at the National Civil War Centre in Newark on Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July 2017. We expect demand to be high, so don’t miss your place: book now and get the early bird discount!


Confirmed presenters and panellists include:

James Barr (author of A Line in the Sand)

Jeremy Black (Exeter University)

Tobias Capwell (Wallace Collection)

Michael Constantine (National Civil War Centre)

Guy de la Bedoyere (Time Team)

Keith Dowen (Royal Armouries)

Taylor Downing (author of Spies in the Sky)

Neil Faulkner (editor of Military History Monthly)

Ian Fletcher (author of The Crimean War)

Patrick Mercer (author of The Battle of Inkerman)

Nick Saunders (Bristol University)

Roger Ward (Great Arab Revolt Project)

Jeremy Wilson (author of Lawrence of Arabia)

Kevin Winter (National Civil War Centre)


Main sessions include:

From Agincourt to Bosworth: arms, armour, and the English way of war

Format: expert presentations including arms and armour demonstrations

Civil War Siege: techniques and tactics

Format: adversarial joint presentation (in role) followed by audience questions

Lawrence of Arabia: the man, the legend, the legacy

Format: expert panel discussion with audience questions

Passchendaele: a very modern battle

Format: adversarial joint presentation of British and German strategies

Strategic Bombing: intelligence, planning, and the combat experience

Format: expert presentations followed by audience questions

Wellington: military genius or mere manager of war?

Format: debate between opposing experts followed by audience participation


Late afternoon activity sessions include:

Walking tour: Newark Civil War Trail

Walking tour: Newark Castle

Gallery tour: National Civil War Centre and Shifting Sands Exhibition

Field exercise: Metal-detecting in conflict archaeology

Hands-on seminar: The Civil War combat experience

Hands-on seminar: The Crimean War combat experience

Hands-on seminar: The Western Front combat experience

Hands-on seminar: The Arab Revolt combat experience


Military History Monthly will announce the winners of our Book of the Year and Illustrated Book of the Year awards.


For tickets, contact:

National Civil War Centre/Newark Palace Theatre


By phone: 01636 655755


Early-bird tickets before 31 March 2017, £135 for the weekend.

Full-price tickets £165.


Military History Live, the conference organisers, can be found at and contacted via