The Civil War in the North East
7 December 2013
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Sedgemoor wind turbine application withdrawn
28 November 2013
An application to erect a 150ft wind turbine next to Sedgemoor battlefield has been withdrawn.
North East and Scottish Borders Newsletter
18 November 2013
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
25 October 2013
The Trust has objected to an application to build a 50m high wind turbine adjacent to the battlefield of Sedgemoor
Historical fiction talk rescheduled
21 October 2013
Please note that Dr Catherine Hanley's talk on historical fiction which was due to take place on Weds 23 October has been postponed. Details of the new date will be posted on the events pages once finalised
Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter
20 October 2013
The September 2013 and October 2013 Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletters have been published.
Battle of Edgehill Information Hub wins Heritage Lottery Fund support
18 October 2013
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
7 October 2013
Historic battlefield threatened by HS2 Registered by English Heritage
Threat to Langport (1645)
23 August 2013
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
22 August 2013
Leeds City Council is considering the Bramham Moor battlefield for development as part of its area plan.
Threat to Bothwell Bridge (1679) Battlefield
22 August 2013
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.
Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter
15 August 2013
The August 2013 Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter has been published.
Leading Battlefield Walks
31 July 2013
A beginner's guide to leading battlefield walks has been posted to the Members section of the website.
Cornish battlefields registered by English Heritage
24 July 2013
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
2 July 2013
The latest Battlefields/Projects Update has been published to the members section of the website.
Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter
1 July 2013
The June 2013 Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter has been published.
From Carham to Flodden: Five hundred years of Border Conflict
6 May 2013
A course of four lectures by Tyne and Wear Museums and the Battlefields Trust
Agincourt Conference 2015
30 April 2013
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
26 April 2013
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
10 April 2013
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
10 April 2013
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
21 March 2013
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
6 March 2013
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
5 March 2013
For the latest news from our friends at the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society please click here
News from Northampton
9 February 2013
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
Richard III - What next?
6 February 2013
The Battlefields Trust congratulates Richard Buckley and his team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester on their excellent work to discover the remains of Richard III and identify the remains as definitively his.
Battlefields Trust Magazine
20 December 2012
Article on the Battle of Dunbar in current issue of Battlefields Trust Magazine - correction
Battlefields Trust Job Adverts
25 November 2012
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
The threat to Towton battlefield
21 November 2012
The Battlefields Trust is disappointed to learn that the English Heritage Yorkshire Region has not objected to the proposal to permit a permanent position for caravans and outbuildings next to the historic battlefield of Towton.
Battlefields Trust on threat to Towton battlefield
16 November 2012
The Battlefields Trust has lodged a formal objection to the proposal to permit a permanent position for caravans and outbuildings next to the historic battlefield of Towton.
Battlefields Trust on threat to Northampton battlefield - Delapre Golf Complex Planning Application
14 November 2012
14th November 2012
The Battlefields Trust has been asked to comment on a proposed development at the Delapre Golf Complex on the English Heritage registered battlefield at Northampton. This development is separate from the one at Eagle Drive relating to the development of sports pitches on the same registered battlefield which the Trust has been fighting, but is likely to be similarly detrimental to any extant archaeology and the character of the battlefield. The Trust's response can be found in the pdf document in the link below.
Civil War Grave Found in Northamptonshire Village
4 November 2012
Archaeologists believe they have discovered a site where soldiers were buried after the Battle of Naseby was fought in Northamptonshire.
Battle of Barnet 1471 Article
4 November 2012
A copy of the article on the battle of Barnet in 1471 which appeared in the September Issue of the East Hertfordshire Archaeological Society Newsletter No 33 is available on the Battle of Barnet web page in the resource centre.
English Heritage on the threat to Northampton Battlefield
16 October 2012
English Heritage urges Northampton Borough Council to undertake thorough studies and consultation before making taking any steps that could threaten the battlefield of Northampton.
Battlefields Trust on threat to Northampton battlefield
16 October 2012
The Battlefields Trust opposes the proposal to dispose of land on the Registered Battlefield of Northampton for sports purposes
Report of the Finding of Richard III’s Grave
11 October 2012
The report of the finding of Richard III’s grave – subject to scientific tests and verification – was welcomed by the Board of Trustees of the Battlefields Trust at their meeting on 22 September 2012.
Northampton Borough Council Advice on battlefield development flawed
16 September 2012
Documents released by Northampton Borough Council show that advice it received about the controversial sports pitch development on the battlefield site at Eagle Drive, Delapre is flawed.
Magazine Back issues
5 September 2012
A limited number of back issues of our members' magazine are now available to order
London Lunchtime talks programme, Autumn 2012
4 September 2012
The Battlefields Trust is delighted to announce the next series of lunchtime events hosted by the Fusilier Museum in the Tower of London.
Council decision threatens Northampton battlefield
16 July 2012
The Battlefields Trust believes that Northampton Borough Council's decision to approve the principle of allowing sports pitches on land at Delapre may destroy important national heritage.
Expansion of Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum
1 May 2012
The Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum is looking to expand by a further 25 sites and is seeking nominations
from across the UK for sites which relate to the Battle of Flodden, either directly or indirectly and
which will help in the development of the network of the Ecomuseum. The search for new sites is part
of the development phase for the wider Flodden 500 project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund
New lunchtime lecture series
13 April 2012
The Battlefields Trust is delighted to announce that its new lunchtime lecture series will be hosted by the Fusilier_Museum in the Tower of London. An exciting line up of published military historians and archaeologists will be discussing everything from the English Civil War to The Tommy’s experience of Iraq.
Heritage Tourism and the 2012 Olympics
2 April 2012
The latest Discovering Places newsletter contains a useful report on heritage tourism and a tool kit. Anyone organising events coinciding with the Olympics should look at the advice and guidance it contains.
HS2 in 1862
17 January 2012
While the debate about the pros and cons of the proposed HS2 rail link rages on, it's extraordinary to think that exactly 150 years ago the Victorians were planning an HS2 of their own.
HS2 and the battlefield of Edgcote
13 January 2012
It appears that the amended route of the HS2 rail link still runs through the probable site of the battle of Edgcote
Statement on metal detecting
9 January 2012
Battlefields Trust statement on its policy towards battlefield archaeology and metal detecting
Windfarm to be allowed at Naseby
24 December 2011
The Battlefields Trust is disappointed to learn that a wind farm can be built next to the battlefield of Naseby, despite officials admitting the large turbines will ‘harm its setting’.
Alliance to Reduce Crime Against Heritage
15 December 2011
The Battlefields Trust is a member of the Alliance to Reduce Crime against Heritage (ARCH) is a new voluntary national network which will take forward initiatives to tackle heritage crime.
Notes for the Response to the NPPF
4 October 2011
Please click on "Read More" to see the the notes from the Battlefields Trust on the National Planning Policy Framework.
Own a share in Naseby Battlefield!
4 July 2011
Our partners, the Naseby Battlefield Project have come up with an interesting idea to raise the £350,000 needed to buy 36 acres of land at the southern end of the Battlefield
New viewing platform at Naseby
27 June 2011
Lieutenant General Jonathon Riley, Director General and Master of the Armouries, opens new viewpoint at Naseby
Bosworth Heritage Centre up for National Award
9 June 2011
Bosworth Heritage Centre reaches semi-finals of National Lottery Awards for best lottery funded project
Help needed at Special Events
16 May 2011
The Battlefield Trust attends a number of shows and special events throughout the year year. Please get in touch if you are willing to help out on our stand.
Professor Richard Holmes 1946-2011
3 May 2011
It is with deep regret that we report the death of Professor Richard Holmes CBE, President of the Battlefields Trust. on 30 April 2011
Flanders tour and conference 2011
16 April 2011
Details are now available about the Battlefields Trust Flanders tour and conference which will take place from 8 to 11 September 2011.
Success at Stow
13 April 2011
The project to locate the site of the battlefield of Stow on the Wold got off to a flying start as attendances at the two launch events exceeded all expectations.
The Bosworth Boar
3 January 2011
Silver boar badge voted one of Leicestershire's favourite museum objects
13 December 2010
Regional newsletters now available online
A selection of recent Battlefield Trust regional newsletters are now available on the Trust website.
English Heritage Planning Policy Statement 5: Meeting Notes
13 July 2010
Peter Burley attended this meeting which was held on the 22nd June 2010.
Peter's notes on the meeting together with the presentations are now available.
The Great North Run... in a suit of armour!
10 July 2010
Shrewsbury member James Parker has hit on a novel way of raising money for the Battlefields Trust. He'll be competing in September's 13 mile Great North Run in a suit of armour.
Commemorating the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Northampton
29 June 2010
Two major events, a re-enactment on 3-4 July and a study day on 10 July will commemorate the 550th anniversary of the battle.
Two new regional branches
10 May 2010
The Trust has extended its regional network with the creation of two new regional branches: North East and Borders, and Wessex.
2010 Annual General Meeting
15 April 2010
The 2010 Annual General Meeting of the Battlefields Trust will be held at 11.45am on Sunday 18th April 2010
Briefing Note on the High-Speed Rail Link from the Battlefields Trust
28 March 2010
The Battlefields Trust has been paying particular attention to the latest government announcement on the route of a high speed rail link.
13 December 2009
Please note that the deadline for the completion of this survey has been extened until the 15th February.
4 November 2009
Four years of intensive historical, topographical and archaeological research have finally borne fruit as a team led by Glenn Foard of the Battlefields Trust and funded by Leicestershire County Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund has solved one of the great mysteries of English military history and succeeded in locating the site of the battle of Bosworth.
Development Officer Press Release
13 May 2009
The Battlefields Trust is pleased to announce the appointment for two years of a Development Officer – Julian Humphrys – to work on battlefield heritage at risk and to build the capacity of the Trust and supported by English Heritage.
Please follow the link to see the full press release.
Naseby - Kelmarsh Hall - Proposed Wind Farm
3 November 2008
The Trust is currently undertaking a metal detecting survey on the site of the proposed wind farm on the Kelmarsh Hall estate which will be supervised by our Project Officer, Dr Glenn Foard of the University Of Leeds.
Formal Opening of Evesham Battlefield Trail
15 July 2008
On August 2nd 2008 (Saturday) the Simon de Montfort Society (a member of the Battlefields Trust) will be formally opening the Evesham battlefield trail and the Battlewell conservation area on Greenhill, Evesham.
Naseby wind turbine threat?
4 March 2008
The Battlefields Trust has learned that E-ON is investigating the possibility of selecting a site for wind turbines close to the registered battlefield of Naseby in Northamptonshire.
3 March 2008
Trustees are currently considering a scheme to have 'battlefield custodians' to maintain a watching brief on their local battlefield(s), to be the main point of contact for those interested in a given battlefield and to be the local 'expert'.
Colditz Castle under threat
2 March 2008
The Battlefields Trust has heard that plans are afoot whichwould badly damage the surviving parts of Oflag IVC at Colditz Castle, the infamous prisoner of war camp used during the Second World War.
Battle of Fulford Inquiry outcome
1 March 2008
The probable site of the battle of Fulford is to be the site of several hundred houses and an access road, following the publication today of the decision by the Secretary of State, who is following recommendations made by the Inspector of last year's public inquiry.
Radio 4's 'Today' Programme
28 February 2008
Frank Baldwin, London & south-east Branch Co-ordinator of the Battlefields Trust, was interviewed on the 'Today' programme on BBC Radio 4.
Cropredy Bridge potential threat
21 February 2008
Land just to the East of the bridge at Cropredy (1644), in what is a Greenfield site opposite the village playing field, has been ear-marked by Banbury & North Cherwell District Council as a possible site for housing, in its recently published Supplemental Consultation.
Bothwell Bridge Battlefield Threat
30 January 2008
The Battlefields Trust is objecting to a proposed housing development on part of the battlefield of Bothwell Bridge, 1679.
Although much of the site of the action is already developed or disturbed by development, the potential for interpretation and commemoration (in addition to the current memorial) exists.
Beauly Denny Powerline Battlefield Threat
30 December 2007
An application has been made for a power transmission line from Beauly to Denny, which en route will cross the battlefield of Sherriffmuir.
Edgehill to Edgcote Trail
30 August 2006
The Edgehill to Edgcote trail via Cropredy Bridge has been officially opened by Trust President, Prof.
Fulford Public Inquiry
29 August 2006
The Battlefields Trust will be giving evidence to the Public Inquiry on Germany Beck on 19th July, where it is proposed that several hundred houses will be built, to be served by an access road which cuts across the probable site of the battle of Fulford (1066.) This is arguably the least changed battlefield of the those from 1066 (Stamford Bridge and Hastings being the other two) and therefore, should in the view of the Battlefields Trust be preserved for further investigation once methodologies for battlefield archaeology have developed, and for better on-site interpretation which would provide a more fitting memorial to those who fought than the bricks and tarmac of a housing estate.
Azincourt wind turbines
28 February 2006
‘The Second Battle of Agincourt’ is won - THE DAY IS OURS, writes Don Baggs, who first alerted the Battlefields Trust and others to this threat to the historic battlefield.
Thierry Yverneau of Azincourt, who initiated and led the intervention in France against the construction of a Wind Farm very close to the Battlefield of Agincourt, advises as follows :-
“On Tuesday 20th December 2005 the senior official of S.I.I.F.
Fulford Planning Inquiry
1 January 2006
News has just come through that there will be a Public Inquiry into the planning application to build c.500 houses and access roads on the battlefield of Fulford (1066.) The Battlefields Trust, alongside the Fulford Battlefield Society will make representations to the Inspector of the Inquiry.
Cropredy panel unveiled
27 June 2005
The Battlefield Trust's new interpretation panel, part of the Edgcote to Edgehill battlefield trail project, was unveiled on Sunday 26th June 2005.
Salamanca under threat
26 April 2005
Part of the battlefield of Salamanca (1812) or Los Arapiles is under threat from a proposed major upgrading of a road across the centre of the battlefield.
Bosworth wins lottery grant
24 January 2005
As widely reported in the national media, Leicestershire County Council's Bosworth Battlefield Centre has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of nearly 1 million pounds.
Battlefield of Aughrim under threat
15 January 2005
The Battlefields Trust has been alerted by archaeologists in Ireland that the battlefield of Aughrim (1691) is under threat from a proposed motorway.
Earl Spencer to talk to the Battlefields Trust
24 October 2004
Earl Spencer is to give a talk and sign copies of his new book, 'Blenheim: battle for Europe' at the Assembly House, Norwich on Saturday, 23rd October at 2.30pm.
Worcester battlefield under threat
3 September 2004
The battlefield of Worcester (1651) is one of only 43 fully registered battlefields in England, yet an important part of it is under threat from a housing development.
Heritage of Britain first day covers
1 September 2004
The Veterans Charities Consortium are releasing a series of First Day Covers to commemorate famous battles in Britain: Maldon (991), Stamford Bridge (1066), Hastings (1066), Northallerton (1138), Lewes (1264), Evesham (1265), Stirling Bridge (1297), Falkirk (1298) and Bannockburn (1314).
A MESSAGE FROM RICHARD HOLMES
4 August 2004
A message from Richard Holmes, the new President of The Battlefields Trust
24 July 2004
Major new BBC TV series on British battlefields starts on 6th August with a programme about Boudicca's last battle.
THE EDGEHILL SURVEY
24 July 2004
The Battlefields Trust, working in partnership with the local community, has just begun a major new survey on the battlefield of Edgehill, Warwickshire, the first great battle of the Civil War (23rd October 1642).