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The World Turned Upside Down: Arms and Armour of the British Civil Wars
Sat 7 May 2016, 10:15 – 16:45 BST
The Royal Armouries holds the most extensive collection of Civil War arms and armour in the country, as well as a number of military manuals, paintings and prints from the period. The museum is also home to the finest surviving Civil War era armoury from Littlecote House.
Our Study Day coincides with the 370th anniversary of the fall of Newark following the Third Siege and the surrender of King Charles I to the Scottish army outside the town; effectively bringing the First Civil War to an end (1642–46).
The First Civil War, despite promising Royalist campaigns, saw the destruction of the king’s army at Naseby (1645) and the establishment of Parliament’s New Model Army; the foundation stone of the modern British Army.
With a focus on the arms and armour of the Civil Wars the day will include lectures, gallery tours and the opportunity to examine and handle armour, edged weapons and firearms from the national collection.
Royal Armouries is pleased to present this Study Day in partnership with the National Civil War Centre, Newark.