National Civil War Centre


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Revolution and Regicide - A Level History Day

The museum is available for A level visits five days a week. The typical visit is 10am to 2.30pm.

Pricing per student:

All visits include the Civil War Galleries and Cinema Experience, then add your choice of facilitated workshops:

Galleries and 1 workshop £4.50

Galleries and 2 workshops £7

Galleries and 3 workshops £8

Session title: Civil War Galleries and Cinema Experience
Learning focus: Viewing different interpretations of history
Session content: Students explore the permanent and temporary galleries at their own pace. This is led by school staff, though a facilitated session can be provided on request.
Session length: 1 hour

Session title: Grasping the Civil War
Learning focus: The course and outcome of the Civil War. Using primary sources.
Session content: In small groups, students examine our handling collection of seventeenth century artefacts using ‘visible thinking’ techniques. Objects include coins, weapons, ammunition and armour.
Session length: 1 hour

Session Title: Last Town Standing Tour
Learning focus: The course and outcome of the first Civil War. Royalist and Parliamentarian strengths and weaknesses.
Session content: This tour introduces students to the surviving Civil War buildings of Newark and the important stories that they tell us about the town’s role in the war. Discover why Newark was so strategically important, the nationally significant events that happened here and the key people who visited Newark. Includes Newark Castle. (Please note this tour takes place outside so appropriate footwear and clothing should be worn).
Note:  The Queen’s Sconce is one of England’s best surviving Civil War earthworks.  It is possible to include this in your visit if you have extra time – it takes about 20 minutes to walk there from the National Civil War Centre.
Session length: 1 hour

Session title: Trial and Execution
Learning focus: The basis for regicide and the king’s response. The Restoration Settlement.
Session content: 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 investigate the issues surrounding the trial and Charles I’s execution. Was the trial legal? Should he have lost his head? Let your students decide.
Session length: 1 hour

Learn Online

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

Object Encounters

1 hour livestreamed session:  Using your choice of digital learning platform, your students can examine original 17th century artefacts close up with 3D imaging. 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.

Expert Q&A

Livestreamed session: Our expert will be guided by you and your students’ interest in a live discussion session around the history of the British Civil Wars.

Meet Captain Munstanley

1 hour livestreamed session: Using your choice of digital learning platform, beam Captain Munstanley into your classroom. He will talk you through some of the weapons and armour used by Civil War soldiers and tell some of his favourite stories, with active participation from your pupils. Prepare questions in advance or during the session and grill him about the British Civil Wars and life in the 17th century.

Revolution, Republic and Restoration - A Level Virtual History Environment

Self-guided virtual tour of the National Civil War Centre: Interactive content links to the AQA, OCR and Edexcel History syllabus. Made possible with a grant from Art Fund, the resource allows students and teachers to explore our collections, clicking on blue tags for detailed object labels and media such as photos, databases and interactives, and yellow tags for fascinating mini-lectures from 12 of our academic partners.

This is a FREE resource for A-level History students and teachers. Please share it with colleagues and fellow students.

Watch a trailer for this exciting resource below, then click on the link to explore the virtual environment for yourself.