National Civil War Centre

Learning From Home - FREE RESOURCES

Since March 2020, our teams have been working hard creating lots of resources and activities to keep you busy and entertained at home. Please explore this fantastic content with something for all ages to enjoy!


Oh Yes You Can... Make Your Own Panto online crafts

While our fantastic summer holiday activities Oh Yes You Can... Make Your Own Panto have finished now, you can still continue the fun at home by downloading our fabulous free crafts.


Primary School Project

Everything you need for a topic about the British Civil Wars. Click on the links in the PDF documents for lots of fun activities from baking jumbles to making a 17th century house, writing and recording a diary, exploring Newark for Civil War landmarks, and much more.

‌‌‌‌Mini Museum

Mini Museum is a weekly session for children aged 0-5. While we can’t get into the museum at the moment, we can still have fun with play, stories and messy making. Roll up your sleeves, dig out a plastic milk bottle from your recycling pile, and have a go! 

Virtual Pikes and Plunder

Enjoy our virtual Pikes and Plunder festival with weapons drills, a flag demonstration and an interactive Living History fair!

Making History!

Our crafty experts get busy, showing families how to make all sorts of fun historical things from homemade instruments to the head of King Charles I, most using materials you'll already have at home. There’s even a spot of baking too!

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.

17th Century Tales Podcast

Delve deeper into stories about the Civil Wars and find out what really happened right here in Newark and Nottinghamshire. Master storyteller Adam Nightingale sifted through letters, maps, pamphlets and a whole library of Civil War books to bring you these fascinating and entertaining insights.

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.

Meet the Experts

Take a journey through time with our Collections Team, from Stone Age Newark to the Stuarts.

Game Zone

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

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.  


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.’

Facebook user:
'Just wanted to say thank you for putting together all the 'Learning from Home' material on the website. You're all awesome for doing this! I just wanted to let you know how much your hard work is appreciated.'