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Grant of £40,000 awarded to Newark’s National Civil War Centre by Art Fund’s Respond And Reimagine programme




A grant of £40,000 has been awarded to Newark’s National Civil War Centre to help it adapt during the coronavirus pandemic.

The grant is made through the Art Fund’s Respond And Reimagine programme to encourage organisations to develop creative and innovative projects as they begin to reopen.

Art Fund is an independent national fundraising charity for the arts.

Chilldren visiting the National Civil War Centre, Newark, before lockdown. (41917226)
Chilldren visiting the National Civil War Centre, Newark, before lockdown. (41917226)

Sarah Clarke, team leader for learning and participation at the centre, said: “It quickly became apparent this year that our offer to schools would have to change to enable them to remain engaged during covid-19.

“We pride ourselves on providing excellent learning tools for schools during their visits to us and also in the classroom, and we are grateful that this award from the Art Fund will allow us to adapt those tools in order that we can continue delivering high quality learning opportunities.”

Children visiting the National Civil War Centre before lockdown (41917259)
Children visiting the National Civil War Centre before lockdown (41917259)

As pupils return to schools in greater numbers, school visits will resume in person at the centre, but limited to Mondays and Tuesdays, when the centre is not currently open to the public, to allow for social distancing.

The visits will be supported by activity paid for by the Art Fund grant, including:

  • New activity boxes that can be used in school to enhance a visit to the centre, or on their own for schools unable to visit. The boxes will contain both genuine and replica artefacts that pupils can handle, activities classes can do together in school and access to videos designed to bring objects to life in greater detail. Different boxes will be tailored to different age groups, with options for primary, secondary and sixth form. Box subjects will include arms and armour, and the trial of Charles I
Contents of a theatre object box. (41917441)
Contents of a theatre object box. (41917441)
  • Sessions where for schools can engage with different Civil War characters and experts. These sessions can be delivered in school or remotely and are also suited to different education levels, from meet a musketeer for primary school children, through to meet an expert for those studying at A-level
  • The centre’s learning and participation team increasing their number of visits into schools, to enable them to deliver the same high engagement sessions that they normally deliver in the museum but within each school’s requirements to be covid-secure

Sarah said: “When talking to teachers prior to our application to the Art Fund, it was evident that they would welcome support that would enable them to offer interactive learning in this new normal.

“We are thrilled that being successful in our application means that we can pilot this new offer in the first half of the autumn term.”



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