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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:

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 Stow-on-the-Wold 1646
Saturday 26th April 2014 Talk by Simon Marsh at Banbury Museum on the last pitched battle of the First Civil War
750th Anniversary of the Battle of Lewes 1264

Saturday 3rd May – Sunday 18th May 2014

In May 2014 the Sussex town of Lewes will be marking one of the pivotal events of British History when it commemorates the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes 1264.

Second Battle of St. Albans 1461

Sunday 11th May 2014

Walk round the Bernards Heath part of the battlefield, followed by an illustrated talk and discussion about the battle by local experts.

Lisbon Ultramarathon through the Lines of Torres Vedras

Saturday 17th May 2014
A non-competitive twelve-stage 100km run organised by the Lisbon Clube do Stress.

Talk on the siege of Donnington Castle 1644
Saturday 17th May 2014
Civil War historian Simon Marsh will talk at Shaw House, Newbury about the sieges of Donnington Castle and the Third Battle of Newbury 1644

 

The BEF 1914

Tuesday 20th May 2014

Lunchtime talk by Brigadier Allan Mallinson hosted by the Fusiliers Museum HM Tower of London

Battle of Langport 1645

 Monday 2nd June

Julian Humphrys leads a walk and gives a talk on the Battle of Langport as part of the 2014 Langport Festival

Britain’s Coastal Defences

Sunday 8th June 2014

A walk looking at how Britain was repeatedly threatened with foreign invasions and how elaborate defences were prepared to deal with these dangers 

How to capture a castle

Tuesday 17th June 2014

Join us in Lostwithiel as Julian Humphrys takes an entertaining look at siege warfare in the Middle Ages

Q-ships, Convoys and U-boats

Tuesday 17th June 2014

Chairman, Frank Baldwin, will be leading a walk looking at the ships and naval memorials from the WW1 battle of the Atlantic 

Siege of Bedford Castle 1224

Sunday 22nd June 2014

Joint event with Mercia Region, led by military historian Mike Ingram.
 

Battle of Langport 1645

Thursday 10th July 2014

Join Julian Humphrys for an anniversary walk around the site of the Battle of Langport 

London in the 1st World War 1914-18

Saturday 19th July 2014

To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the 1st World War Chris Everett is leading one of his popular London at war walks.

Battle of Evesham 1265

Saturday 2nd August 

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

 
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