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Welcome to the Battlefields Trust website

 
 

The Battlefields Trust aims to:

  • Save battlefields from destruction by motorways, housing developments etc.
  • Provide a range of battlefield-related activities and information, including the quarterly magazine 'Battlefield', battlefield walks and conferences
  • Liaise with local and national organisations to preserve battlefields for posterity
  • Improve the interpretation and presentation of battlefields
 
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UK Battlefields Resource Centre

The UK Battlefields Resource Centre was created by the Battlefields Trust to provide information on fields of conflict throughout the United Kingdom. New historical information is regularly added.


 

 
 
 

Latest Trust News:

New Battlefield Trail at Stoke Field (1487) Launched

A new battlefield trail with information boards has been created at Stoke Field (1487)

Waterloo Uncovered releases its Project Review

Waterloo Uncovered has provided an account of its investigations at Hougoumont farm on the Waterloo battlefield for 2015 and 2016 in a Project Review.

New Historic England Guidance for Battlefield Survey

Historic England have released its new 'Our Portable Past' guidance which provides advice on surface collected portable antiquities, including those found on battlefields.

Battlefield under development threat designated by Historic England

The battlefield at Winwick (1648) which is under threat from development has been registered by Historic Engalnd

Threat to Killiecrankie (1689) Battlefield

Road building proposals threaten the battlefield at Killicrankie.

 

 

New Yorkshire Region Chair

Vinnie Claxton has taken over as Chair of the Yorkshire Region of the Battlefields Trust following Louise Whittaker's decision to step down after several successful years of leadership.  

 

 

 

Battlefields Trust e-Journal published

The Battlefields Trust has published the first edition of its new e-journal.

Battlefields Trust wins National Lottery Grant for Mortimers Cross

An £84,400 grant has been awarded to the Battlefields Trust by the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake a community based project at the Mortimer's Cross (1461) battlefield.

Historic England Acknowledges Battlefields Trust Support on Battlefields At Risk

Historic England's 2017 Heritage at Risk report highlights Battlefield Trust support in mitigating threats at Newburn Ford (1640)

Welsh Government publishes a battlefield inventory for Wales

The Welsh Government has recently published its Inventory of Historic Battlefields in Wales covering over 700 sites.

Robert Hardy CBE, 1925-2017

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death, at the age of 91, of our President Robert Hardy

Battle of Winwick 1648 added to the Battlefields Trust Resource Centre

The Battle of Winwick (1648) has now been added to the Battlefields Trust Resource Centre

5th Postgraduate Conflict Archaeology Conference

A Call for papers for the 5th Postgraduate Conference in Conflict Archaeology 15-17 November 2017.

Nantwich (1644) Battlefield Under Threat

Proposals have been made to build on and next to the nationally important registered battlefield at Nantwich.

Threat to Winwick (1648) Battlefield

The site of an important second Civil War (1648) battlefield is under threat.

Historic England Complete the Review of Towton (1461) Battlefield Registration

Historic England completes its review of the registration of Towton Battlefield.

New Battlefields Trust Education Resources

The Battlefields Trust has launched some new battlefield related educational resources.

Battle of Barnet Project Update

The Battle of Barnet Project received Heritage Lottery Funding late in 2016 to run a community based project focused on the battle.  Read about how the project is progressing.

Development Threat to Babylon Hill Battlefield

The Battlefields Trust has objected to a proposed development at Babylon Hill, one of the first small battles fought at the start of the Civil War in 1642

Chalgrove Battlefield Update

An update of the planned housing development at Chalgrove

Newbury II Added to the Battlefields Trust Resource Centre

Details of the Second Battle of Newbury (1644) have been added to the Battlefields Trust Resource Centre

Battlefields poetry book available for purchase online

Purchase Clare Mulley's poems inspired by English battlefields here!

Battlefields Trust AGM and Conference 2017

Details of the Battlefields Trust AGM and Conference 2017 have been published.

Trust publishes battlefield poetry book

Clare Mulley's collection of poems inspired by English battlefields has just been published by the Battlefields Trust

Tewkesbury Battlefield Society Campaign to Buy Battlefield

Tewkesbury Battlefield Society are working to buy part of the Wars of the Roses battlefield at Tewkesbury and have launched a petition to support its efforts.

 

Princeton 1777 Battlefield Under Threat

The Amercian War of Independence battlefield at Princeton is under threat.  Learn more about the Trust's response. 

New battle of Langport trail

The Trust has worked with the Langport and History Society to produce a walking trail of the Battle of Langport, 1645. Download it  here

Chalgrove Battlefield Under Threat

South Oxfordshire District Council's new Local Plan proposes to build 3,500 new houses on Chalgrove Airfield, the eastern part of which covers about one third of the Historic England registered battlefield at Chalgrove (1643)

The Battle of Chalgrove 1643 - The Non-traditional View

The Chalgrove Battlefield Group has published its interpretation of the battle of Chalgrove.

Worcester Battlefield - Threat from Development Removed

The proposed development of an unregistered part of the Worcester (1651) battlefield at Middle Battenhall Farm has been withdrawn.

Five Minute Battlefields - Cheriton

The Battlefields Trust Development Officer, Julian Humphrys, talks about the battle of Cheriton 1644

Battlefields and the Teaching of History

Read a recent article by Geoffrey Carter on incorporating battlefields into the teaching of history

2016 Annual Conference and AGM

The conference brochure and booking form for the 2016 Annual Conference are now available in the Members section of the website here

Naseby Battlefield Project secures Heritage Lottery Fund support

Naseby Battlefield Project has received £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, to develop their plans to build a new visitor centre for the Battle of Naseby.

The Civil War on Teeside

A video of the one day workshop run by the Battlefields Trust and its partners on the Civil War in Teeside earlier in the year is now available.

Burglary of Medals at Talana Museum

There was a burglary at Talana Museum last Thursday night/ Friday morning and much of the Museum’s medal collection was stolen. Details are on the Museum's website. Please contact the Museum - details below - if you see any of these or have any information on their whereabouts.

Battlefield Trust objection to planning application at Northampton

Here is the text of the Trust's objection to the application to build a car park on the registered battlefield of Northampton

Please help us oppose threat to Northampton Battlefield

A planning application has been made to build a car park on part of the registered battlefield of Northampton. Many of our members have objected to this application. Please join them.

Battlefields Trust Chair Stands Down

Battlefields Trust Chairman, Frank Baldwin, and National Coordinator and Board Secretary, Peter Burley stood down from their respective roles following the 2015 AGM after many years of generous and vital service which has ensured that the Trust has met its aims of preserving, interpreting and presenting battlefields as historical and educational resources.  

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The final edition of the Provisions newsletter has been published and is available here.

Updates will continue on the website.

2015 AGM and Conference Documents

The agenda and brochure for the 2015 conference and AGM are now available in the Members section of the website here

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The March and April editions of the Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter have been published.

Northampton Battlefield Update

Following a request by the Battlefields Trust, Northampton Borough Council has provided a further update on efforts to mitigate potential damage to archaeology caused by the stripping soil at Delapre Golf Club on part of the nationally important registered battlefield at Northampton. 

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The February edition of the Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter is available here.

Oldest surviving Cannonball in England helps confirm the site of the 1460 Battle of Northampton

The oldest surviving cannonball in England found on Northampton battlefield

 

 

 

Threat to Northampton Battlefield

It was revealed earlier this week that the Golf Club that rents Council land at the site of the Battle of Northampton had started building work there.

Planning application at Norton St Philip rejected

Mendip District Council rejects an application to build houses on the site of the 1685 action at Norton St Philip

 

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The January edition of the Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter is available here.

Member's Benefits Updated

A new discount has been arranged for members of the Battlefields Trust. For more details please go here

Battlefields Trust Annual Conference and AGM

Details on this year's Battlefields Trust Annual Conference and AGM can be found here

New Articles

Articles on the second battle of Fulford and the battle of Islip Bridge 1645 have been published in the Members' Articles section of the website.
 

Battle of Tewkesbury - Arrivall Videos

Arrivall video 30 has now been posted featuring what was probably the final ceremonials with the ‘Roundabout of the Year’ ceremony.

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The December edition of the Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter is available here

Battlefields Trust Magazine

Back copies of the Battlefields Trust magazine are now available in the Members section of the website here

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The October and November editions of the Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter have been published.

Battle of Lostwithiel 1644

The Battle of Lostwithiel 1644 has been added to the Resource Centre. Click here to view the battle information.

Nibley Green (1470) Update

Stroud District Council has rejected an application to install solar panels on what may be the Nibley Green battlefield.

Threat to the Battlefield of Towton (1461)

Towton battlefield continues to be threatened by an application to site a permanent caravan site on the edge of the current registered battlefield.

Nibley Green (1470) Update

The Battlefields Trist has made further representations about the proposed installation of a solar array on or in the vicinity of the Nibley Green battlefield.

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The September edition of the Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter is available here

Finding Fulford 1066

A video presentation on the archaeological work being done to locate the battle of Fulford in1066.

Battlefields Trust Objects to Development at Prestonpans (1745)

The Battlefields Trust has objected to the proposed construction of an electricity sub-station on the inventoried Scottish battlefield at Prestonpans.

 

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The August edition of the Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter is available here

Northampton Borough Council Adopt Battlefield Conservation Management Plan
Northampton Borough Council adopted the Northampton (1460) battlefield Conservation Management Plan on 9 July 2014.
Battlefields Trust - Dealing with Battlefield Threats Policy

The Battlefields Trust has published its policy on dealing with battlefields threats
600 solar panels on registered battlefield of Winceby

Planning application to install 600 solar panels on registered battlefield of Winceby approved.

Site of battle of Norton St Philip (1685) under threat

 

The Trust has objected to a proposal to build 33 houses on part of the site of the action fought at Norton St Philip during the Monmouth Rebellion

Nibley Green (1470) Battlefield Under Threat
A planning application to install solar panels on the Nibley Green (1470) battlefield has been received by Stroud District Council
Job Vacancy - Magna Carta 800 Development Officer

The Battlefields Trust will be appointing a development officer in support of MC800. The role requires a good communicator with the ability to lead and motivate volunteers in interpreting the impact of 1215 and the Barons Wars and building capacity for the organisation.

Subscriptions: New rates from October

Please go to the Members Only section of the website for details of the subscription rates that come into effect from the 1st October 2014.

Development Threat to Winceby Battlefield

The Battlefields Trust has been made aware of a planning application to install 600 solar panels on the registered battlefield of Winceby

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The April and May editions of the Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter have been published.

The Gastons - Battle of Tewkesbury

An update on the bid to buy the Gastons from the Governors of Tewkesbury School can be found here

North East and Borders Regional News
The latest edition of the newsletter of the North East and Scottish Borders Region is now available online
Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre

The new, state-of-the-art Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre opened on 1/3/14 at the historic heritage site in Stirling, in time for the 700th anniversary of the battle this year.

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The March 2014 Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter has been published.

2014 Conference Programme
Please follow the links below for a booking form and full details of the Trust's 2014 conference, to be held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, 4-6 April.
Letter from Derek Mackay MSP re building at Culloden
Derek Mackay MSP's reply to our Chairman's letter re building at Culloden
Culloden Battlefield - Public Demonstrations

Two demonstrations will be held on Saturday 1st March, 2014, for supporters to show their disgust over the proposed desecration of part of Culloden Battlefield by housing developers.

Heritage Open Days

You are warmly invited to attend the Heritage Open Days annual organiser event. This is your chance to ask Heritage Open Days your questions, meet other organisers, share ideas and get inspired!.

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The February 2014 Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter has been published.

Battlefield Trust Journal

The Battlefields Trust is proposing to publish an annual e-journal of academic style articles covering research into battlefields and is calling for papers.

Proposed housing development at Culloden
Frank Baldwin, Chair of the Battlefields Trust has written to Alex Salmond MSP regarding the proposed development at Culloden
Battlefields Trust 2014 Conference Booking Form
2014 Conference, 4th to 6th April, Royal Armouries, Leeds: further information and booking form
New Articles

Three new articles have been added to the Members section of the website.

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The November 2013, December 2013 and January 2014 Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletters have been published.

Opportunity to buy part of the battlefield of Tewkesbury
Please support this attempt to secure the future of an important part of the battlefield of Tewkesbury
Threat to Towton Battlefield
Our response to an application made to Selby District Council to make permanent the temporary permission to have two caravans sited on 'The Gallops' at Towton
Lunchtime talks at the Tower of London

We are pleased to announce our 2014 programme of lunchtime talks in the splendid setting of the Tower of London.

Wessex Region Newsletter
The latest edition of 'The Wyvern', the newsletter of our Wessex Region is now available to read online.
The Civil War in the North East

A series of three talks in conjunction with Tyne and Wear Museums on the English Civil War and the involvement of the north east in the struggle between King and Parliament

Sedgemoor wind turbine application withdrawn

 An application to erect a 150ft wind turbine next to Sedgemoor battlefield has been withdrawn.

North East and Scottish Borders Newsletter

The latest issue of 'the Reiver', the newsletter of our North East and Scottish Borders Region is now available to read online

Threat to setting of Battlefield of Sedgemoor

The Trust has objected to an application to build a 50m high wind turbine adjacent to the battlefield of Sedgemoor

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The September 2013 and October 2013 Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletters have been published.

Battle of Edgehill Information Hub wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

A project to create an information hub about the Battle of Edgehill has been awarded £71,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund

English Heritage register battlefield of Edgcote

Historic battlefield threatened by HS2 Registered by English Heritage

Threat to Langport (1645)

 South Somerset District Council is considering a revised application to build a solar array on land next to Langport battlefield. Here is the Trust's response

Threat to Bramham Moor (1408) Battlefield

Leeds City Council is considering the Bramham Moor battlefield for development as part of its area plan.

Threat to Bothwell Bridge (1679) Battlefield

 South Lanarkshire Council has received a planning application (reference HM/13/029) to build houses on part of the Historic Scotland inventoried battlefield at Bothwell Bridge.

Leading Battlefield Walks

A beginner's guide to leading battlefield walks has been posted to the Members section of the website. 

Cornish battlefields registered by English Heritage

Following an application by the Battlefields Trust, English Heritage has registered two battles fought around Lostwithiel, Cornwall in August 1644. 
 

Battlefields/Projects Update June 2013

The latest Battlefields/Projects Update has been published to the members section of the website.

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The June 2013 Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter has been published.

From Carham to Flodden: Five hundred years of Border Conflict
A course of four lectures by Tyne and Wear Museums and the Battlefields Trust

 

York Council gives go-ahead for homes to be built on most likely site of the Battle of Fulford

York City Council has agreed to the construction of 600 homes on the most likely site of the Battle of Fulford, 1066

Back Issues of the Battlefields Trust Newsletter Now Available

In the members only area of the website, the Battlefields Trust has now published back issues oif its newsletter from September 1992 to January 2000.  An index is also available.

New Wind Turbine Threat to the Naseby Battlefield

There is a new wind turbine threat to the Naseby battlefield. A planning application has been made to Daventry Council to erect a wind turbine at Oxendon.

Bicentennial of the War of 1812

New: Bicentennial of the War of 1812: Battlefield conservation and interpretation as a boost for inward investement and heritage tourism. A paper by Howard Simmons.

 

 

 

 

 

The First Blitz Project

The Battlefields Trust has initiated a project on the aerial bombardment of Britain during the First World War. Information on the project can be found here.

News from Tewkesbury

For the latest news from our friends at the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society please click here

News from Northampton

After meeting Trust officers in October and following objections raised by Trust members, Northampton Borough Council appears to have started to modify its approach to the Northampton battlefield

Battlefields Trust Job Adverts

The Battlefields Trust is a charity. Our aim is to preserve, interpret and present battlefields as historical and educational resources. Over the last twenty years the Trust has fought against development on or around battlefields in the UK and overseas. It has installed information boards to improve presentation of nationally important battlefields to the public. In addition, the Trust has undertaken research to better understand battlefields and developed contacts with academics working in this area.

 

We are working on a programme of major projects covering battlefield preservation, presentation, interpretation, and development for educational purposes. We are seeking to recruit for several positions. Most of these are unpaid, and are likely to be of interest to someone seeking to undertake charitable work as part of a portfolio career or as a retirement activity. Currently we can only offer work experience or a showcase for expertise. Of course, if we are successful in our funding bids we may be in a position to offer project work in various aspect of battlefield heritage management.

 

PAID WORK - FUND RAISERS

We are looking for fund raisers willing to sell advertising space or our commercial services on a commission only basis or obtain local or national corporate sponsorship on a payment by results basis within the guidelines of the Institute of Fund-raising.

 

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR BATTLEFIELD PROJECTS

We are planning three substantial battlefield projects covering the next few years. All of these will need volunteers to help to run the projects and promote them to communities.

 

WARS OF THE ROSES

This is a project to extend the investigations started at Bosworth to cover other Wars of the Roses battles and sieges (upward of 15 sites).

 

MAGNA CARTA TRAIL

We plan to set up a Magna Carta Trail covering as many as possible of the dozens of sites associated with the battles and sieges of the C13th wars that led to the signing of Magna Carta and secured it within English government.

 

GREAT WAR BATTLEFIELDS OF BRITAIN – THE FIRST BLITZ

The Centenary of the Great War is an opportunity to document, preserve and interpret the heritage of the world's first strategic aerial bombing campaign, the German air war against Britain 1915-18.

 

If you want to help, contact the Battlefields Trust via the contact us page on www.battlefieldstrust.com


 

Battle of Hastings

The debate about the location of the battle of Hastings.

 

Coming Events:

First Battle of Newbury 1643 – 375th anniversary event

Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th June 2018

The English Civil War Society will be re-enacting some of the key events during the first battle of Newbury. This will be on the lower slopes of Round Hill to the west of Newbury.
 

Battle of Northam 1069

Monday 25th June 2018
Come and commemorate the anniversary of the sequel to the battle of Hastings. Join a battlefield talk and walk led by Nick Arnold.
 

Chalke Valley History Festival

Monday 25th June – Sunday 1st July 2018
The Trust events team will be in attendance so, if you are going to catch your favourite author or historian or are there for the experience, pop by the Trust stand.
 

Talk – ‘Forging identities: Heraldry’

Thursday 28th June 2018
Join the Northamptonshire Battlefields Society (NBS) for a talk by Dr Conny Bailey on Heraldry, at the Marriott Hotel, Eagle Drive, Northampton, NN4 7HW, 
 

Battle of Marston Moor 1644 information board unveiling and battlefield walk

A Battlefields Trust and Cromwell Association event to mark the unveiling of a new battle commemoration panel at Marston Moor 

Battle of Wheathampstead 54 BC

Sunday 1st July 2018
Clive Hammersley will be leading a walk around Wheathampstead, the possible site of the defeat of Cassivellaunus by Julius Caesar, during his second invasion of Britain in 54 BC.
 

The English Civil War: Edgehill to Newbury 1642–43

Tuesday 3rd to Sunday 8th July 2018

Col. Nick Lipscombe will explore the conflict during its early years; examining the road to war, the struggle to arm and the advantage enjoyed by the royalists in the early encounters.
 

Battle of Tewkesbury 1471

Thursday 5th July 2018
Join the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society for a two-hour guided tour of the battlefield.
 

Battle of Carham 1018 – 1,000th anniversary weekend

Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th July 2018
In commemoration of the battle that defined the border between England and Scotland, a major battle re-enactment and living history weekend will be held at Carham.
 

Battle of Gainsborough 1643

Sunday 8th July 2018
Don Smith will giving a talk and leading a walk to commemorate the battle of Gainsborough, which took place on 28th July 1643, covering the military occupation, siege and devastation of the old town.
 

The Wars of the Roses: The Southern Battles

Monday 9th to Saturday 14th July 2018

Dr John Sadler will visit the southern battlefields of the Wars of the Roses, going from St Albans, where the wars started in 1455, to the deciding battle of Bosworth 1485.
 

Talk – Street fight 1455: The first battle of St Albans

Thursday 12th July 2018
Harvey Watson will be talking about the battle that opened the Wars of the Roses on 22 May 1455 at St Albans. 
 

Battlefields Trust Conference and AGM

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July 2018

Join the Trust for its annual battlefield conference and AGM.

Battle of Tewkesbury 1471 Medieval Festival

Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th July 2018
There will be a separate programme for the Medieval Festival. Details will be announced in due course.

Battle of Tewkesbury 1471

Thursday 19th July 2018
Join the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society for a two-hour guided tour of the battlefield.
 

Talk – ‘The man who arrested the earl: William Boteler Northamptonshire’s swordsman’

Thursday 26th July 2018
Join the Northamptonshire Battlefields Society (NBS) for a talk by Graham Evans on the life and times of the man who was Northamptonshire’s military governor after the Civil War.
 

Battle of Tewkesbury 1471

Thursday 2nd August 2018
Join the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society for a two-hour guided tour of the battlefield.
 

Battle of Chalgrove 1643

Sunday 19th August 2018

Join Simon Marsh for a short exploration of the battle of Chalgrove which saw the mortal wounding of the parliamentary leader John Hampden

Battle of Bosworth 1485 Medieval Festival

Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th August 2018
Visit the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Sutton Cheney, Nuneaton, CV13 0AD from 9.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m. for a great full-day family event.
 

Battle of Medway AD 43

Sunday 2nd September 2018
Ray Wilkinson will be leading a two-hour walk over a possible site for this battle during the Claudian Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43.
 

Battle of Tewkesbury 1471

Thursday 6th September 2018
Join the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society for a two-hour guided tour of the battlefield. Meet at 7.00 p.m. at The Crescent (GL20 5PD). 
 

2018 Helion ‘Century of the Soldier 1618-1721’ Conference

Saturday 22nd September 2018
The fourth Helion ‘Century of the Soldier’ conference is being held jointly with the Royal Armouries and is supported by the Pike and Shot Society.
 

Battle of Tewkesbury 1471

Sunday 7th October 2018
Join the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society for a two-hour guided tour of the battlefield. Meet at 2.30 p.m. at The Crescent (GL20 5PD).
 

Battle of Tewkesbury 1471

Sunday 4th November 2018
Join the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society for a two-hour guided tour of the battlefield. Meet at 2.30 p.m. at The Crescent (GL20 5PD). 
 

Battle of Tewkesbury 1471

Sunday 2nd December 2018
Join the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society for a two-hour guided tour of the battlefield. Meet at 2.30 p.m. at The Crescent (GL20 5PD). 
 

 
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