The National Civil War Centre
The National Civil War Centre-Newark Museum is THE Civil War museum for the UK; it was opened three years ago to explore the British Civil Wars and Newark's pivotal role in the first of them, as well exploring the history of the local area in separate galleries.
The Friends of the National Civil War Centre
The Friends have worked alongside the National Civil War Centre from the outset to support the centre in its aims and to assist in the purchase of items that the centre would not otherwise be able to acquire.
We, as the Friends have an excellent opportunity to purchase or to contribute to the purchase of two gold rings of significant historical importance for the National Civil War Centre.
We have pledged to try to raise £7000 to buy these locally found rings to keep them where they belong in the Newark area.
The first ring is a 17th century "sergeant at laws" ring found by a local metal detectorist at South Muskham. It is an unusual and rare example of this type of ring. These rings were given by Sergeants at Law to various officials, clerics and friends on the occasion of their call to office.
If we are able to purchase this ring it will go straight into the permanent display collection at the National Civil War Centre and would also feature prominently in the next exhibition – A World Turned Upside Down.
The second ring is a poesy ring - this type of ring has a short inscription on the surface, they were popular in the 15th – 17th centuries as lovers’ gifts. The ring, which was found locally, is a lovely example of this type of romantic jewellery and will be on display in the new exhibition 'A World Turned Upside Down' next year.
Why is the target £5000?
The Treasure Valuation Committee have valued these rings with the Sergeant at Laws ring at £5000 and the poesy ring at £2000. The Friends have already pledged £2000 towards this project and therefore we still need to raise £5000 in order to complete the purchase.
- We want to give you the chance to contribute towards the purchase of these handsome rings and to receive a reward in the process, if you desire. Every donation, no matter how small, will help us to reach our target and the donor will receive a thankyou email in return. Donations of over £25 allow the donor to gain other rewards for their contribution.
- What happens to the donations?
- All of the money raised through this crowdfunding campaign will go towards the purchase of the two rings. If we are able to raise more than £5000 then any excess will be put towards funding the next historically important object that the National Civil War Centre requires additional funds in order to purchase.
- What if we don't reach our target?
- In the event that the Friends do not manage to raise the full £5000 through crowdfunding we will endeavor to attempt to raise the rest of the funds through other activities.