National Civil War Centre
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Learning From Home - FREE RESOURCES

‌Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Learning Team have been hard at work on a raft of projects to support both parents teaching from home and adults who are isolated. From guided tours to interactive games, illuminating podcasts and more as well as ‘Making History’ craft tutorials helping you make exciting history-themed projects with what you have at home, there should be plenty to keep you engaged and entertained during this difficult time. Whilst the museum is opening its doors again from Wednesday 15 July, the information on this page is still idea to get a good understanding of the Civil War and of the history of Newark!

Learning at Home Units

Modules of work to help you to complete a history project based on the English Civil War. Activities include podcasts, films, reading and writing tasks, recipes, quizzes, drama and craft. Click here for a flavour of our museum learning experience from your own home.

‌‌‌‌Mini Museum

Mini Museum is a weekly session for children aged 0-5.  We can’t get into the museum, but we can still have fun with play, stories and messy making.  Every Monday, we’ll upload a new idea for a day of fun with your little ones. 

Game Zone

Discover games, puzzles, colouring and quizzes for all the family on our Game Zone page!

Making History!

Our crafty experts get busy, showing families how to make all sorts of fun historical things, from homemade musical instruments to the head of King Charles I!

Crafty Corner

Crafty Corner is for serious makers.  Have you ever wanted to know how to knit a Charles I doll?  Can you knit a battlefield? Give it a go in Crafty Corner!


Snuggle up with your story buddy and enjoy Storytime as some of our team read both classic and newly crafted stories. 

Star Objects

Star Objects shine a light on some of the most extraordinary objects from our fascinating collection with fun facts, films and podcasts giving you a special insight into their history. 

17th Century Tales

17th Century Tales from Cavalier Newark, recorded from a secret location deep undercover in Roundhead Nottingham. Delve deeper into stories about the Civil War and find out what really happened right here in Newark and Nottinghamshire. Warning – these stories contain some fairly gruesome facts! 

Meet the Experts

Fascinating podcasts from our Collections Team.

Creativity and Wellbeing Week, 18th - 24th May

Find out what fun activities we got up to for Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2020

Plus, discover even more content on our YouTube channel and find a handy list of more great resources from other museums around the world here as well as tours of global attractions including museums here. Currently, Newark and Sherwood District Council are also running the Future of Newark Writing Competition where local young minds can have their say on how to spend up to £25 million from the Government's Towns Deal to improve the town. Children aged 7-12 can submit their ideas in persuasive letters for the chance to win an Amazon Fire Tablet. For more details and how to enter, click here. You can also hear our Head of Learning and Participation, Sarah Clarke, talking about the competition on Radio Newark here.  


Read some lovely comments we've received from teachers and users of our Learning From Home materials:

Lindsay Follen, teacher at Chuter Ede Primary School
‘Our pupils have been signposted to the National Civil War Centre's website to help them with their Home Learning project. There are a variety of resources which enable them to access information and video clips, examples of artefacts from the centre, stories to listen to and links to a range of activities. This has recently been supplemented with an excellent 'Learning at Home Unit' which has even more resources to help the children, again, including a variety of activities which are all very accessible. Thank you Civil War Centre for producing these brilliant resources!’

Mrs Cummings, St Peter’s Cross Keys Academy
‘We have been using the learning at home information on the National Civil War Centre’s website for our year 2 children’s history work. The variety of resources and evidence available is a fantastic way to make the children’s home learning more interactive. It has given them an awareness of the past and the changes that have happened, as well as helping the children to access more of the local history and its impact on their environment.’

A pupil from Chuter Ede Primary School
‘The resources really helped to get me started on my work on the Civil War. I really liked the pictures of places in Newark that I recognised and some that I didn’t. It helps show the different points of view of the Cavaliers and Roundheads and how people felt and coped at the time. I thought the practical activities were good as I like learning this way.’


Social Distancing Trivia Question in Gallery 4

NO peeking before your visit!

The answer is...
The Printing Press!