The Royal Armouries holds the most extensive collection of Civil War arms and armour in the country, as well as a number of military manuals, paintings and prints from the period. The museum is also home to the finest surviving Civil-War-era armoury from Littlecote House.
Our Study Day coincides with the 370th anniversary of the fall of Newark. Following the Third Siege and the surrender of King Charles I to the Scottish army outside the town, the fall of Newark effectively brought the First Civil War to an end (1642–46).
Despite promising Royalist campaigns, the First Civil War saw the destruction of the king’s army at Naseby (1645) and the establishment of Parliament’s New Model Army: the foundation stone of the modern British Army.