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Newark National Civil War Centre: Hunt down woollen warriors hiding in museum exhibits

Staff at the National Civil War Centre are expecting an invasion over the coming weeks.

A host of knitted knights are hiding in the Newark museum, and staff hope children will help find them.

Visitors can pick up a Knit A Battlefield Trail sheet on entry and check off the woolly warriors to assemble their army.

A knitted knight. (47281031)
A knitted knight. (47281031)

The trail is running until Saturday, June 12.

Business manager Carys Coulton-Jones said: “We love our family visitors; our learning team and wonderful volunteers work hard to make sure that their visits, especially in the school holidays, are always enjoyable with unique opportunities to get creative and discover more about the fascinating past.”

Covid-secure measures are in place to ensure visitors are as safe as possible with timed entry slots, which can be booked in advance.

The soldiers have been made by volunteers through the centre’s Knit A Battlefield project.

Free online sessions are being put on, demonstrating tips and techniques, for those wanting to make their own battlefields and knights.

They take place on Saturday, June 12 ­— at 11am for knitting fields and at 1pm to make a soldier.

The sessions are aimed at complete beginners or those who can knit already but would enjoy knitting along with the team in a friendly, supportive setting.

All are welcome and a free materials pack will be provided.

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