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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:

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
Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

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

Mercia Region News

The April 2014 edition of the Merica Region newsletter is now available

Battle of Bouvines 1214 - 800 Anniversary Tour

The Battlefields Trust will be taking a group to the Commemorations of the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Bouvines from Friday 25th July to Sunday 27th July 2014.

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
Wessex Regional News
The latest edition of the Trust's Wessex Region newsletter is available to read 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

 

Agincourt Conference 2015

A major international conference will be held at the University of Southampton between Friday 31 July and Monday 3 August 2015 to mark the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt.

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:

Battle of Killiekrankie 1689

26th-27th July 2014

Weekend event to mark the 325th anniversary of the Battle of Killiekrankie

 

 

Battle of Evesham 1265

Saturday 2nd August 

Annual Simon de Montfort Society Wreath Laying Ceremony followed by a battlefield walk.

Battle of Naseby 1645

Sunday 3rd August 2014

A tour of the decisive battle of the English Civil War led by Naseby Battlefield Project Trustee Mike Ingram.

Battle of Nibley Green 1470

Saturday 9th August 2014

Adam Dolling is going to tell the fascinating story of England’s last ‘private’ battle.

Battle of Bosworth 1485 - Re-enactment

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 2014

The Battlefields Trust will have a stand at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre. If you are at the event make sure that you pay us a visit.

Battle of Worcester Dinner

Friday 5th September 2014

The Battle of Worcester Society is organising its bi-annual black-tie Battle of Worcester Dinner to coincide with the battle anniversary weekend.

Battle of Naseby 1645

Sunday, 7th September 2014

A tour of the decisive battle of the English Civil War led by Naseby Battlefield Project Trustee Mike Ingram.

War in Legend and Tradition - Fort Amerhurst

Saturday 6th to 7th September 2014

A two-day conference on War in Legend and Tradition at Fort Amherst in Chatham, Kent.

Battle of Worcester 1651

Sunday 7th September 2014

Join Tony Spicer for a walk across the northern part of the battlefield
Battle of Flodden 1513

Tuesday 9th September and Thursday 11th September 2014

Guided battlefield walks for the 501st anniversary of the Battle of Flodden.

Battle of Homildon Hill 1402

Sunday 14th September 2014

There will be a walk over Homildon Hill, near Wooler, Northumberland, on the anniversary of the battle.

1st Battle of Newbury 1643

Sunday 21st September 2014

Chris Scott will be leading a walk around the site of this major Civil War battlefield.

Potters Bar October 1916

Saturday 4th October 2014

Clive Hammersley will be leading a walk looking at the dramatic events of the night of 1st/2nd October 1916 when German Zeppelin L-31 was shot down in flames over Potters Bar.

Battle of Edgehill 1642, and Mercia Region AGM

Sunday 5th October 2014

Simon Marsh will be leading a walk over the battlefield of the first major action of the Civil War.

The Sieges of Basing House

Sunday 5th October 2014

Alan Turton will be leading a visit to the remains of the Civil War stronghold of the Royalist Marquis of Winchester.

The Battle of Britain and the role of the Messerschmitt 110

Saturday 25th October 2014

A talk by John Vasco at the Assembly House Norwich starting at 14.30

Battle of Tewkesbury 1471 - Gastons Fund Raising Event

Saturday 25th October 2014

The Heart and Soul Community Choir are performing in the Watson Hall, Tewkesbury with proceeds split between the Gastons Fund and the Foodbank.

The Battles of Godstow Bridge 1644 and Islip Bridge 1645

Sunday 26th October 2014

Gregg Archer will lead a walk over two minor battles of the First Civil War.

Battles of Brentford and Turnham Green 1642

Sunday 16th November 2014

Simon Marsh will explain how the citizens of London rallied to the Parliamentarian cause and halted the Royalist advance on London in the autumn of 1642.

 
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