National Civil War Centre
National Civil War Trail - includes app store logos

Key Stage 3

History - the development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745

King or Parliament? Who was to blame? Was King Charles a decadent tyrant or did Parliament demand too much? Investigate the causes of the civil war in this hands on object and sources based session. Students will use their enquiry skills to evaluate what led to the outbreak of war in 1642 and whether or not it was inevitable.Learn with us KS3 Inset 1

Arms and Armour – An object based session that examines the weapons and strategy used during the Civil War. Handle typical civil war armour and weapons, learn how they were used and take part in a pike drill. Students’ will investigate the realities of 17th century warfare, discovering the difficulties of coordinating a successful battle and examining the human cost.

How to win a Civil War - Could it have all been very different? How would you have won the war? Students investigate key events of the Civil War in this enquiry based session. Using object and archive resources students evaluate the pros and cons of the King’s action and decide what they would have done differently. Will the King win the war this time.

The Trial and Execution of Charles I - This interactive drama based session examines the events of Charles I’s trial and puts students in the roles of the Judges, guards and even the King himself. Students will use archive sources to investigate the issues surrounding the trial and Charles I’s ultimate execution. Was the trial legal? Should he have lost his head? Let your students decide.Learn with us KS3 Inset 2

Last Town Standing Tour – Meet John Twentyman or his wife Jane and find out what life was really like during the Civil War. This character led tour introduces students to the surviving Civil War buildings of Newark and the important stories that they tell us about its role in the war. Discover why Newark was so strategically important, the nationally significant events that happened here and the key people who visited Newar k in this fun participatory tour. (Please note this tour takes place outside so appropriate footwear and clothing should be worn)

The Key to the North – An object and sources based session investigating what made Newark so strategically important during the Civil War. Students investigate the journeys of Queens and commoners to discover why Newark was the Key to the North and why it remained a key stronghold for the Royalist campaign against the advancing Parliamentarians until the very end.‌