New metal detecting finds may provide the key to locating the important 1066 battle of Stamford Bridge
Historic Environment Scotland has launched a public consultation on how its Inventory of Historic Battlefields is operating
Sarah Taylor's 2019 PhD thesis on disposing of battlefield dead has recently been published by Huddersfield University.
Can you help record Civil War memorials, information boards, plaques and other commemoration?
New project to test whether battlefield archaeology be found in people's gardens.
The Mortimer's Cross 1461 battlefield investigation project has now reported its results
A roundshot from the Second St Albans (1461) battlefield has been saved from going into a private collection.
A report on the battlefield survey conducted at Stow-on-the-Wold in mid January 2022
Efforts to stop the development of the northern part of the Winwick battlefield have failed.
The Battlefields Trust has negotiated a 15% discount on all Promenades Travel UK and Europe history tours.
Historic England has provided a £50,000 grant to establish a new organisation to support and train metal detectorists in the UK, including those operating on battlefields.
A Coronavirus update on Battlefields Trust events
Information about Battlefields Trust events and Coronavirus
A new video about the battle of Barnet has been released by the Barnet Battlefield Project
Planning application may impact Suffolk’s most important battlefield
The Battlefields Trust response to a new development threat at Neville's Cross
The Battlefields Trust has sent a letter to Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council Planning Committee members explaining why the Trust disagrees with the planning advice the Committee has received in respect of the proposed autonomous vehicle planning application for Bosworth battlefield and why battolefields are important heritage assets
Following a Freedom of Information request Devon County Council has published the 2009 report it commissioned on the archaeological resource offered by the Prayer Book Revellion (1549) battllefields
An £84,400 grant has been awarded to the Battlefields Trust by the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake a community based project at the Mortimer's Cross (1461) battlefield.
Historic England's 2017 Heritage at Risk report highlights Battlefield Trust support in mitigating threats at Newburn Ford (1640)
The Welsh Government has recently published its Inventory of Historic Battlefields in Wales covering over 700 sites.
The Battle of Winwick (1648) has now been added to the Battlefields Trust Resource Centre
Historic England completes its review of the registration of Towton Battlefield.
Details of the Second Battle of Newbury (1644) have been added to the Battlefields Trust Resource Centre
Purchase Clare Mulley's poems inspired by English battlefields here!
Tewkesbury Battlefield Society are working to buy part of the Wars of the Roses battlefield at Tewkesbury and have launched a petition to support its efforts.
The speakers for the Trust AGM and Conference have now been confirmed. Details are as follows:
- Friday after dinner speaker – author and historian Nick Arnold on The battle of Northam.
- Saturday morning lecture (following the AGM) – Professor John Gillingham: The bloody significance of the battles of Hastings and Lewes.
- Annual Dinner after dinner speaker – author and historian Sean McGlynn on The French Invasion 1216.
It is still not too late to book your place to attend the AGM and Conference – for a full brochure and booking form please click on the link .
The Chalgrove Battlefield Group has published its interpretation of the battle of Chalgrove.
The proposed development of an unregistered part of the Worcester (1651) battlefield at Middle Battenhall Farm has been withdrawn.
Naseby Battlefield Project has received £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, to develop their plans to build a new visitor centre for the Battle of Naseby.
There was a burglary at Talana Museum last Thursday night/ Friday morning and much of the Museum’s medal collection was stolen. Details are on the Museum's website. Please contact the Museum - details below - if you see any of these or have any information on their whereabouts.
Here is the text of the Trust's objection to the application to build a car park on the registered battlefield of Northampton
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 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.
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.
The oldest surviving cannonball in England found on Northampton battlefield
The Battlefields Trust has objected to an application to build houses and associated infrastructure on the battlefield at Clifton Moor (1745), a candidate for the last battle to be fought on English soil.
The Battlefields Trust has objected to the proposed construction of an electricity sub-station on the inventoried Scottish battlefield at Prestonpans.
Planning application to install 600 solar panels on registered battlefield of Winceby approved.
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
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.
A project to create an information hub about the Battle of Edgehill has been awarded £71,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund
Following an application by the Battlefields Trust, English Heritage has registered two battles fought around Lostwithiel, Cornwall in August 1644.
York City Council has agreed to the construction of 600 homes on the most likely site of the Battle of Fulford, 1066
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.
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 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.
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.
English Heritage urges Northampton Borough Council to undertake thorough studies and consultation before making taking any steps that could threaten the battlefield of Northampton.
The Battlefields Trust opposes the proposal to dispose of land on the Registered Battlefield of Northampton for sports purposes
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.
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
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.
The Battlefields Trust has been paying particular attention to the latest government announcement on the route of a high speed rail link.