National Civil War Centre
We are now COVID-secure. Find our new procedures and book your entry slot here.

Primary schools

To book or find out more about any of these activities, please email civilwarlearning@nsdc.info.

Visiting

Read this - King Parliament and the People (PDF File, 2,417kb) -  to find out about our COVID-secure National Civil War Centre visits for primary schools. We are now taking provisional bookings for the summer term.

For Newark schools, if you are unable to visit the museum in the summer term, why not consider an outdoor activity? Book ‘Last Town Standing’ - a one-hour tour of Newark’s Civil War history, led by 17th century tour guide Mr or Mrs Twentyman for £60.

 

Discovery Boxes

If you’re teaching your class about the British Civil Wars and you are unable to visit, you might like to borrow one of our Discovery Boxes. ‘Cavalry Officer’ allows you to handle and explore replica objects that tell the story of a soldier during the Civil Wars. ‘Newark Under Siege’ illustrates the civilian experience.

 

Digital Sessions

If you can’t make it to the museum, try our digital sessions, piloting in Spring 2021.

An Introduction to the Civil War - FREE Resource

Adapting our most sought-after in-person session, An Introduction to the Civil War offers a fantastic, action-packed summary of the events leading up to this hugely significant conflict, its causes and results. All put together with primary school children in mind, this expertly filmed video is a great interactive learning experience and a full lesson which asks children to physically engage with the content as well as offering breaks to discuss questions posed. The session is presented by two engaging in-costume actors who portray a variety of key characters from the period including King Charles I himself.

Our newly launched  section complements the video's content by offering children a chance really get into character, making their own 17th century costumes and props beforehand including collars, hats and waistcoats.

Besieged

A digital version of one of our most popular sessions. Join the townspeople of Newark during the third and final siege of Newark. Pupils will take on the roles of real people living in Newark during the Civil War. Discover the harsh realities of life under siege and the difficult choices people had to make. Pupils will work in groups to make decisions for their character. Will they decide just to save themselves or will they help each other? The session includes preparatory activities, a PowerPoint lesson with film and animation, and a facilitator to lead the session through Microsoft Teams. Available April 2021.

Object Theatre Boxes

These special boxes, new for Summer 2021, bring our objects to life with a combination of digital resources and high quality replicas of our collection.

Each box contains:

  • A selection of replica objects
  • A ‘Museum in a Box’, which uses sound files to help describe each object
  • A link to supporting online resources such as films, sound files, 3D scanned objects and a teacher pack of information, images and activity suggestions

Box topics currently available are 'Arms & Armour', 'Plague' and 'Make Your Own Museum'.

Additional Resources