Mortality, Care and Military Welfare during the British Civil Wars

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 August 2015

A University of Leicester Conference at the National Civil War Centre, Newark Museum, Old Magnus Buildings, Newark-on-Trent.

Conference Information

This exciting 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.

17th century engraving of hospital
Detail from The Hospital, by Jacques Callot (1633)
As well as the usual academic panels, this conference will allow attendees to visit the new National Civil War Centre and walk through more civil war history – utilising mobile technology – on an augmented reality Newark Town Trail. At the time of the conference there will be a specialist bookstall, and the Museum will be displaying exciting exhibits such as the wheelchair made for the parliamentarian General Fairfax, the portrait of Henry Ireton and the buff-coat and armour of local royalist, Sir Edward Hussey.

Newark and Sherwood District Council received a grant of £3.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a National Civil War Centre at Newark Museum, which opened in May 2015.


The conference is sponsored by the Welfare Research Institute at the University of Leicester and the academic journal Midland History, who are kindly providing a wine reception and bursaries for unfunded postgraduate students.

We are also very grateful to the Springhead Brewery, who brew two tasty local civil war themed ales, for sponsoring the Saturday beer reception.

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