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Friends of the National Civil War Centre Launch Crowdfunder for Valuable Rings

20 November 2018

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise money for the purchase of two nationally important rings for the National Civil War Centre's collection.

The Friends of the National Civil War Centre - Newark Museum have, this week, launched a brand new crowdfunding campaign‌, giving the public the opportunity to help preserve Newark's history. Contributors will play a vital part in the acquisition of two nationally important artefacts, helping to secure two historic rings found locally, keeping them in the area and on display.

The two rings tell two very different stories of 17th century life, representing both love and war, and are of great national importance. The first is a Sergeant-at-Law's ring, found by a local metal detectorist at South Muskham. A rare example amongst its kind, this would have been given by a sergeant to an official, cleric or friend on the occasion of their call to office. This fine ring would be a prominent feature of the National Civil War Centre's next exhibition, A World Turned Upside Down. The second is a lovely example of a posy ring which, featuring a short, romantic inscription on the surface, were popular lovers' gifts between the 15th and 17th centuries. This ring, also found locally, would join the Newark Museum's collection.

The ambition of the campaign is to raise £5000 towards the combined £7000 Treasury valuation of the rings, the remaining £2000 of which has already been pledged by the Friends. Donations from £1 to £1000 are all hugely appreciated and every penny raised will go towards this important purchase.

A fantastic range of rewards are on offer to contributors from gift bags to object handling sessions and even a private tour of the museum's incredible resource centre.

The Friends will have a stall at Newark Market to promote the crowdfunder, take donations and answer questions on the mornings of Saturday 1st December and Wednesday 5th December.

To find out more and to donate, please visit: