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New teaching resource at National Civil Centre

Posted onPosted on 18th Mar

Although schools can’t currently visit in person, the National Civil War Centre’s Learning Team at Newark is continuing to support teachers remotely.

The team has worked hard over the past few months on a ground-breaking mission to make its most popular learning sessions available online and the first of these is now available for teachers to make use of in their summer term lesson planning.

Adapting their most sought-after in-person session, An Introduction To The Civil War offers an action-packed summary of the events leading up to the significant conflict, its causes and results.

Put together with primary school children in mind, the video is an interactive learning experience and a full lesson that asks children to physically engage with the content as well as offering breaks to discuss questions posed.

The session is presented by two engaging in-costume actors who portray a variety of key characters from the period, including King Charles I himself.

Sarah Clarke, head of learning and participation at the National Civil War Centre, said: “We’re so excited to launch this session for free use by teachers. This is such an important part of our history for children to learn about and this session makes it really accessible for them, highlighting the difference in attitudes and beliefs between now and the 17th Century and asking children to take places in the Civil War-era ‘Pyramid of Power’.”

Activities are also available online to complement the session as the newly-launched Civil WARdrobe section of the National Civil War Centre website offers children a chance to make their own 17th Century costumes and props beforehand, including collars, hats and waistcoats.

Coun David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “I’m very proud of the ingenuity of the team at the National Civil War Centre. In what has been such a difficult year for teachers, the fact that they’re able to offer this brilliant interactive lesson for free is wonderful and will hopefully be widely used by primary schools in our own district and even further afield.”

The team is now working on developing virtual sessions of some of its other popular in-person activities as well as looking forward to welcoming schools back into the National Civil War Centre after May half-term.

To find out more, visit the National Civil War Centre website at or email the Learning Team directly on