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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:

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.

New Articles

Two new articles have been added to the members section of the website. One on the Battle of Bannockburn and one on Boudica's last battle. They can be found here

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

Trip to Normandy 2015

The Trust is looking to arrange a trip to Normandy in 2015. For more information and to register your interest in this trip then please go to the members section here

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The July 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:

"Some Yorkshire men at Waterloo"

Friday 28th August

A talk by Paul Brunyee on some of the Yorkshire men that fought at Waterloo.

Battle of Stoke Field 1487

Sunday 30th August 2015
Tour of Stoke Field battlefield with Kevin Winter and Glyn Hughes.

 

Zeppelins over London

Tuesday 8th September 2015

To mark the 100th anniversary David Warren, a specialist on the air raids of the Ist World War, will be leading a walk and telling the story of the two raids from the nights of 8th/9th September and 13th/14th October 1915

Battles of the Civil War in Cheshire - Cheshire in the Civil War and the Battles of Middlewich 1643

Saturday 12th September 2015

The first in a series of interpretation fundraising  talks about Cheshire Civil War battles - Cheshire during the Civil War and the battles of Middlewich.

Battle of Britain 75 Years On

Tuesday 15th September 2015

Professor Michael Clarke, the Director General of the Royal United Services Institute will talk about the battle of Britain 1940. Our hosts will be the Fusiliers Museum, HM Tower of London.

First Battle of Newbury 1643 Information Board

Sunday 20th September 2015

On the anniversary of the first battle of Newbury (1643) attend the unveiling of an infromation board about the battle and the associated Falkland memorial and take a walk across the battlefield with local historian Dave Stubbs.

Battles of the Civil War in Cheshire - Rowton Heath 1645

Saturday 3rd October 2015

An interpretation fundraising talk about the battle of Rowton Heath - one of a series of talks about Cheshire battles of the Civil War

Runnymede 1215 - Walk

Sunday 11th October 2015

Harvey Watson will be leading a walk and explaining the significance of a site that has been described as “the very soul of England”.

Agincourt 1415

Wednesday 14th October 2015

Professor Anne Curry will talk about the Battle of Agincourt which took place 21 October 1415. Our hosts will be the Fusiliers Museum, HM Tower of London.

Battle of Edgehill 1642

Saturday 17th October 2015

Explore the first major battle of the Civil War at Edgehill and take the opportunity to visit the new battlefield Information Hub at St Peter's Church, Radway

Battles of the Civil War in Cheshire - Nantwich 1644

Saturday 14th November 2015

An interpretation fundraising talk about the battle of Nantwich - one in a series about Civil War battles in Cheshire

Battles of Wakefield Tour

Saturday 28th November
A guided tour of Sandal Castle, with reference to Richard, Duke of York’s catastrophic defeat in December 1460 and in the English Civil War.

Battles of the Civil War in Cheshire - Winwick Pass 1648

Saturday 5th December 2015

An interpretation fundraising talk about the battle of Winwick Pass - one of a series of talks about Civil War battles in Cheshire

 
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