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Shifting Sands: Lawrence of Arabia and the Great Arab Revolt

OPEN NOW - MARCH 11th 2018

The mud and blood of the First World War's Western Front scarred a weary British nation. 

So when an American reporter stumbled upon a dashing British soldier in Arab dress in distant Jerusalem, the publicity machine went into overdrive. Soon the glamorous story of Lawrence of Arabia and his dazzling exploits spread across the world. 

But who was this larger-than-life character who fought with the desert tribes during the Great Arab Revolt to help topple the Turkish Ottoman Empire? How much of Lawrence's story is true? How did the events he took part in shape today's war-torn Middle East? 

Discover the extraordinary tale through artefacts, testimony and the results of years of research by a team of intrepid archaeologists in Jordan.




Shaking the Foundations: The Quest for Democracy

‌‌OPENING MARCH 29th 2018

The issue of suffrage has occupied the minds of politicians and scholars for nearly 400 years.
Charting back to the Putney Debates of the 1640s, the National Civil War Centre’s new exhibition, Shaking the Foundations, will travel through the Levellers, the Chartists and the Suffragettes to bring us right up to the modern day, looking at how the debate has raged through the past four centuries and considering the evolution of what democracy has meant to all of those fighting for its cause.

One hundred years on from the Representation of the People Act of 1918, Shaking the Foundations will consider how the franchising of women was actually a fairly modern phenomenon, both in the UK and further afield.

Visitors will have the chance to see items of clothing and jewellery worn by Suffragettes and a Votes for Women badge crafted by an inmate in Holloway prison to raise money for the cause, as well as being able to cast their own vote on whether we really have achieved a democratic society for the modern day United Kingdom that Rainsborough would have been proud of.




Cutting Edge: The Changing Tools of War

‌‌‌OPENING MARCH 29th 2018

The period between 1618 and 1651 saw transformations both in the roles of soldiers and
in how they armed themselves. No longer did they want to be weighed down by heavy armour; instead the focus shifted to new, more sophisticated weaponry that was fit to equip the New Model Army, the country’s first professional standing force.

Cutting Edge will give visitors to the National Civil War Centre the chance to see examples of this progress, many on display for the very first time. Visitors will be able to study Thomas Fairfax’s sword, see close up a first edition of Robert Ward’s Animadversions of Warre and discover how the bloody seventeenth century prompted fundamental changes in warfare, the effects of which are still being felt today.