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.

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