Monthly Archives: June 2015

Roman Southwell Gladiator Ale launched

gladiator-aleWelbeck Abbey Brewery is sponsoring the Roman Southwell Project by producing a special limited edition beer. The ‘Gladiator Ale’ will be a traditional pale ale made with British barley and Boudicea hops. The beer, which will be 3.8% ABV, will be available in local pubs in Southwell in late June.

The beer will also be available in an eight-pack case priced just £20 from late July onwards. Proceeds from the sales of the beer will go towards funding Phase Three of the project, due to start in October.

See the Roman Southwell Project website for more information.

Kings Clipstone Research Project

kingsclipstoneRunning for over 11 years now, the Kings Clipstone Research Project is now in the midst of its busiest year ever. The project is studying the landscape and built environment of the largest royal palace ever to have been constructed in Mediaeval England.

With a huge ground penetrating radar survey carried out this spring, 2015 will see over four weeks of excavation work taking place organised alongside Mercian Archaeological Services CIC and the Sherwood Forest Trust. There are plenty of volunteer and student placements available.

For more information on the project visit the Kings Clipstone Research Project Facebook page.

Mortality, Care and Military Welfare during the British Civil Wars

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Detail from ‘The Hospital’ by Jacques Callot (1633)

An international conference organised by the University of Leicester’s Centre for English Local History will celebrate the opening of the National Civil War Centre at Newark Museum, Nottinghamshire, on 7-8 August 2015. The conference will examine care and military welfare during the British Civil Wars, embracing themes such as hospitals, medicine, surgery, nursing, disease, wounds, maimed soldiers, war widows and orphans. It will also focus on the costs of these wars, as well as the social memory and lasting scars of this important series of conflicts. The conference also celebrates the establishment of a Wolfson Foundation Research Centre for Care, Welfare and Medicine during the British Civil Wars based at Newark Museum and in partnership with the University of Leicester.

Organiser Dr Andrew Hopper from Leicester University’s Centre for English Local History said:

“Some of the measures put in place during the civil war seem astonishingly modern.  Parliament led the way and its welfare provision care could be seen as both enlightened thinking, but also an inducement to fight for its cause.  It was certainly not a universal system. Pension rights were not extended to those who fought for the King – a situation reversed when King Charles II assumed the throne.  He also dismantled the military hospital structure and refused to accept the state’s duty for the welfare of its army, putting responsibility back upon parish poor relief and charities.”

For a full programme and information on how to register for one or both days visit www2.le.ac.uk/conference or email Dr Andrew Hopper at ajh69@le.ac.uk.

The £50 registration fee for both days includes free entry to the NCWC, buffet lunch and refreshments, and wine and real ale receptions thanks to support from Midland History and Springhead Brewery.

More information at: www.nationalcivilwarcentre.com

Twitter: @civilwarcentre

www.facebook.com/NationalCivilWarCentre

Haslam and Harvey Statues Centenary event, Chesterfield

114_1448In June The Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Labour History Society is supporting several events for the Haslam and Harvey statues Centenary. The statues of William Harvey MP and James Haslam MP have been standing on plinths outside the former NUM offices in Saltergate, Chesterfield, for the past 100 years. The society is working with the Derbyshire Library Service and the Chesterfield Borough Council to use the centenary to celebrate the history of the Derbyshire miners.

The programme begins on Friday 26 June with a short ceremony outside the building at 7pm to unveil an interpretation board. Refreshments will be available in the Labour Club opposite the statues from 6pm, and after the ceremony until late.

On Saturday 27th June there are talks in the Chesterfield Library at 10 am about Haslam and Harvey, followed by a lunchtime buffet and a Round Table discussion on Derbyshire miners’ history. Events on both Friday and Saturday are free. If you want a buffet lunch for £8 on the Saturday 27 June, you will need to buy a ticket in advance at Chesterfield Library, tel. 01629 533400.

East Midlands History & Heritage Magazine, Issue 1!

EMHHJune2015coverThe English Civil War is the central theme of this issue – chosen to coincide with the opening of the new national Civil War Museum at Newark. Charles I always recognised this strategic importance of the region; it was in Nottingham that he chose to raise his standard on  22 August 1642. Bloody sieges followed, particularly at Newark, but also at Bolingbroke and Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Nottingham, Lincoln, Gainsborough became ‘frontier towns’, decisive engagements were fought at Naseby, Winceby and Willoughby on the Wolds. The East Midlands became the gateway through which rival armies passed; to deny access became a chief objective for both sides. War brought disease, treachery and heroism. Its social costs were high; its legacy in terms of destruction, disruption and disability was far reaching.

Read the magazine for more….