Leicester historian helps to develop £5.4 million National Civil War Centre

Posted by ap507 at Sep 24, 2015 10:23 AM |
Dr Andrew Hopper to attend Royal opening on Friday 25 September at Newark Museum

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 24 September 2015

A University of Leicester historian who has helped to develop a £5.4 million National Civil War Centre in the East Midlands is to attend its Royal opening on Friday (September 25).

HRH the Earl of Wessex is attending the opening of the Centre at Newark Museum - the first museum dedicated to the British Civil Wars with a national focus.

Dr Andrew Hopper from the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester has been involved with the development of the Centre since 2011 and recently assisted the Museum in acquiring a capital grant of £64,000 from the Wolfson Foundation to establish a research centre in the Museum on the theme of Care, Medicine and Military Welfare during the British Civil Wars.

Last month, Dr Hopper organised the Museum’s inaugural conference on this theme, attended by international speakers and an audience of 90 academics, schoolteachers, museum volunteers and enthusiasts: www.le.ac.uk/militarywelfare2015.

He said: “For a long time the British Civil Wars have needed stronger representation in our museums. Now a national museum that we can be proud of that properly commemorates this important conflict has at last emerged. This is especially timely as recently the civil wars have been more deeply embedded in the new National Curriculum at all levels. It is a very exciting time to be a historian of this critical moment in our history.”

The new museum is built around a Tudor Grammar School with Georgian and Victorian additions, which has been tastefully restored with funding from Nottinghamshire County Council, Newark and Sherwood District Council and a £3.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund: www.nationalcivilwarcentre.com

A planned temporary exhibition will open at the National Civil War Centre in February 2016 showcasing the surgery and medicine of the 1640s, along with the revolutionary establishment by the Long Parliament of permanent military hospitals and a nationally-implemented county pension scheme for maimed soldiers and war widows.



Image: Dr Andrew Hopper of the University of Leicester’s Centre for English Local History, with the wheelchair which Sir Thomas Fairfax, the parliamentarian commander-in-chief, used during his retirement after the wars. This stunning exhibit is kindly on loan to the National Civil War Centre by the general’s descendant, Thomas Fairfax, cousin of the current Lord Fairfax.

For interviews contact:

Dr Andrew Hopper

Centre for English Local History

University of Leicester

Email: ajh69@leicester.ac.uk




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