Newark Civil War museum offers tours

Image caption Visitors were given a rare opportunity to tour the site while building work is taking place

Visitors have been allowed to tour a 500-year-old building being transformed into a museum of the British Civil War.

The Magnus building in Newark, Nottinghamshire, held the tours in a bid to promote the project.

Officials said it was a chance for people to see what was involved and learn about the building's history.

The museum, which will tell the story of of the conflict that resulted in King Charles I being executed, will open in May.

As well as the Civil War displays, there will be galleries focusing on the local history of Nottinghamshire.

Newark in the Civil War

Image copyright Newark Town Hall Museum
  • Supported King Charles from early days of war in 1642
  • Much of surrounding area sided with Parliament
  • Besieged three times; February 1643, February to March 1644 and November 1645 to May 1646
  • Population forced to eat dogs and horses but also issued own siege currency (pictured)
  • Town never taken by assault but ordered to surrender by King
  • Castle partially demolished by Parliament but nearby earth fort - The Queen's Sconce - one of best preserved in UK

Officials hope the £5.4m centre will attract 60,000 visitors a year.

The Civil War - a series of separate battles and campaigns fought across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland from 1638 to 1652 - is estimated to have killed 4% of the population, twice the proportion who died in World War One.

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