Our Temporary Exhibitions allow us to delve more deeply into specific themes and ideas from the 17th century, exploring their legacy up to today. These are usually located in the two rooms on the top floor of the museum, floor 5.
Fake News (now re-open!)
'Fake News' might be considered a recent phenomenon but this exhibition is set to expose it as a centuries-old tradition. Indeed, the manipulation of facts in what we read and see has been going on since at least the 17th century when the chaos and confusion of the Civil War, paired with rising literacy and advances in printing, proved fertile ground for misleading media. Quickly produced and distributed pamphlets offering both the Royalist's and Parliamentarian's versions of events were the Twitter of the 1600s; portraits of political leaders were deliberately designed and altered, influencing the public in much the same way as we use filters and Photoshop now; and, like today, extremist groups jumped on new ways to persecute and spread fear about people based on their faith, politics and ways of life. Discover the truly extraordinary history of this prevalent practice at Fake News.
Our permanent galleries include the Main Civil War Gallery on Floor 1 which gives a comprehensive overview of the causes of the conflict while The World Turned Upside Down galleries on Floor 3 examine their consequences and 17th century life more closely.
The World Turned Upside Down
The unmatched devastation of the Civil War led to an extraordinary transformation. Re-building society after such a dramatic breakdown opened the door to a chance at revolution, and the chaos of war left a remarkable opportunity for creativity in its wake. This 'World Turned Upside Down' is the focus of a brand new permanent exhibition exploring the 17th century's seismic shifts in religion, science, culture and politics. The exhibition will ask just what happened to turn the world from right way up to 'upside down'; examine what it would have been like to plunge into the mayhem of war and emerge into an unfamiliar landscape; and uncover how the pyramid of power shifted from the God-chosen King on top... to Charles' head on the ground.
Newark’s story begins with Ice Age travellers, following their prey along the high ground between rivers. After the ice melted, other travellers left their mark and their treasures here. Romans gave us our roads. Vikings named many of our streets. Anglo Saxons built Newark Castle and the New Werk – the town we know as Newark today.
Explore these two rooms to see some of the clues left to us by generations past. Find out about our local history and the people who built Newark. Who buried the golden torc by the River Trent? Why did Lord Byron have his first volumes of poetry printed here? Who used folding bikes before commuters?