National Civil War Centre
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Secondary Schools

To book or find out more about any of these activities, please email


We are now taking provisional bookings for Mondays and Tuesdays in the summer term.  Please contact us to discuss your requirements and our Covid-secure arrangements.

Click here to find out more about the sessions usually on offer: Secondary School Learning Workshops (PDF File, 569kb). We hope to be able to run any of these sessions from September.

Digital Sessions

If you can’t make it to the museum, try one of our digital sessions.

Introduction to the British Civil Wars

This digital session helps to frame your topic by explaining why the Civil Wars began, introducing some of the key players and describing some of the key events. It’s a lively film which you can pause and play at your own speed, taking your class through some of the fun activities you'd normally experience in the National Civil War Centre. Children take on the roles of the King, the Archbishop, Parliament and more, re-enacting the 'Pyramid of Power'. Together, you can walk through the different stages, the highs and lows of some of the most famous events of the 17th century (suitable for year 7). Watch the Introduction To The British Civil Wars digital session.

Object Encounters

In a live session facilitated by one of our experts through Microsoft Teams, your students can examine original 17th century artefacts close up. We’ll use visible thinking techniques to draw inferences based on the objects, and encourage group discussion. Artefacts include weapons, armour, pamphlets, books, coins and medals.

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

Current box topics available are 'Arms & Armour', 'Plague' and 'Trial and Execution'.

British Civil Wars Website for KS3

We've recently launched a brand new British Civil Wars website designed just for KS3 students (and their teachers). It was created in partnership with Newcastle University’s Special Collections Education Team using real artefacts and archives from both sites and a wealth of stories and well-researched content. Find it at and use it in class as a starter or plenary or set it for homework or self-directed learning. 

Additional resources

Downloadable resources



More fantastic secondary schools content coming soon including:

  • A 3D virtual interactive environment for secondary schools.
  • A fascinating powerpoint allowing you to explore some of our artefacts online.

Visit our A Level page for more resources and information specific to this age group.