Commandeer a Cannon for Newark

by Friends NationalCivilWarCentre in Newark, England, United Kingdom

Commandeer a Cannon for Newark

£195

raised of £5,000 target
7
supporters
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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by October 25th 2019 at 7:21pm

Help us to raise money to purchase a fully working replica of a rare English Civil War cannon for the The National Civil War Centre, Newark

by Friends NationalCivilWarCentre in Newark, England, United Kingdom

Why this cannon?

The cannon would be a great asset to the National Civil War Centre - Newark Museum as there are currently no 17th century or replica cannon in the collection.  It will be displayed in a prominent position in the museum attracting visitors from far and wide.

The cannon is an replica of a British Civil Wars draked minion (3lb) cannon. Currently it is owned by the Marquess of Winchester's regiment of the English Civil War Society.  The original cannon, from which the barrel was copied, is currently housed at Boston Guildhall and was cast by the first King's Gunfounder, John Browne.

Cannon of this type were known to have been used in and around Newark and in many other parts of Britain during the British Civil Wars.  Cannon balls of this size, which are only fired by this type of cannon, have been found in the river Trent close to Newark.  It would be great to have this replica cannon in a place where visitors to, and residents of, Newark can see it.

What is a “draked minion” cannon?

A “draked” cannon refers to a cannon with a shortened barrel. This design results in a lighter and more easily manoeuverable  piece of field artillery.  The word “minion” originates  from the French word (mignon) meaning “cute”, again referring to the size of the cannon.  The draked minion cannon required only one small pony or welsh cob to drag it onto the battlefield.  This type of cannon was used by both Royalists and Parliamentarians during the British Civil Wars.

The cannon may be small, but it is capable of firing a 3lb (1.4kg) cannon ball  at a speed of over 1200 feet per second (366 metres per second) up to a distance of 1300 yards (1.2km) and required 3.5lb (1.6kg ) of black powder and a crew of six men to fire it.

The cannon comes complete with a historically accurate carriage and a complete set of tools including ram rod, worm, half moon and two mops. 

The rewards:

Everyone who donates £10 or more gets an entry into a draw to win a chance to fire the cannon.

Postcard:

Standard postcard size - blank on reverse.  Postcode is unique to this campaign

Keyring*


A cute little keyring - identify your keys easily!

Pencil Sharpener


A great addition to your desk, and excellent at sharpening pencils!

Tote Bag**


Made of good quality strong material - much stronger than the average tote bag

Print:

Unframed A4 print (approx 29.5x21cm, 11.5x8.25")

*In the event that demand for the featured keyring exceeds supply an alternative keyring will be offered (from the selection pictured below)


**In the event that demand for the pictured tote bag exceeds supply an alternative tote bag will be offered (from the selection pictured below)

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

Tote Bag, Pencil Sharpener, Keyring and Postcard

Tote bag, pencil sharpener, keyring and postcard (unique to this campaign). An entry into the draw to win the chance to fire the cannon! And a"Thank You" on our Facebook page - you will need to supply your Facebook handle if you wish to be tagged

£3 or more

Supporter

A "Thank You" on our Facebook page - you will need to supply your Facebook handle if you wish to be tagged

£10 or more

Cannon Postcard

A cannon postcard (unique to this campaign). An entry into the draw to win the chance to fire the cannon! And a"Thank You" on our Facebook page - you will need to supply your Facebook handle if you wish to be tagged

£25 or more

Keyring and Postcard

A keyring and postcard (unique to this campaign). An entry into the draw to win the chance to fire the cannon! And a"Thank You" on our Facebook page - you will need to supply your Facebook handle if you wish to be tagged

£30 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Cannon Print

An unframed A4 sized cannon print (approx 29.5x21cm, 11.5x8.25")- unique to this campaign. An entry into the draw to win the chance to fire the cannon! And a"Thank You" on our Facebook page - you will need to supply your Facebook handle if you wish to be tagged

£40 or more

Cannon Pencil Sharpener and Postcard

Cannon pencil sharpener and postcard (unique to this campaign). An entry into the draw to win the chance to fire the cannon! And a"Thank You" on our Facebook page - you will need to supply your Facebook handle if you wish to be tagged

£60 or more

Tote bag and Postcard

Tote bag and postcard (unique to this campaign). An entry into the draw to win the chance to fire the cannon! And a"Thank You" on our Facebook page - you will need to supply your Facebook handle if you wish to be tagged

£150 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Guided tour of National Civil War Centre

Guided group tour (maximum 5 in group) of National Civil War Centre with the Chairman of the Friends of the National Civil War Centre. An entry into the draw to win the chance to fire the cannon! And a"Thank You" on our Facebook page - you will need to supply your Facebook handle if you wish to be tagged. (Date and time to be arranged at mutual convenience)

£250 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Personal guided tour of National Civil War Centre

Individual guided tour of National Civil War Centre with the museum curator. An entry into the draw to win the chance to fire the cannon! And a"Thank You" on our Facebook page - you will need to supply your Facebook handle if you wish to be tagged. (Date and time to be arranged at mutual convenience)

£500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Fire the Cannon!

Your chance to fire the cannon! (Date and time to be arranged at mutual convenience)


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