High hopes for 2013 start on battlefield

Work on a multi-million-pound visitor centre at the Naseby Civil War battlefield site could begin as early as next year.

The Naseby Battlefield Project launched a campaign to fund the new centre at the weekend with events, including cannon and musket-firing displays, guided walks and film shows, designed to give visitors the chance to experience life as it would have been in Naseby more than 360 years ago.

During the event Naseby Battlefield Project member and historian Martin Marix Evans told the Telegraph he hoped work on the £3.5m centre could start in late 2013.

He said: “We want to construct a building which will be inspired by the tithe barn which used to be next to the village church until it was knocked down in about the 1940s.

“We want it to be a place our 17th century ancestors could walk into and feel at home even though it will be a modern building realised in a 21st century style.”

The centre will eventually consist of a group of buildings and it is envisaged the Royal Armouries will use part of it as a museum of 17th century warfare.

Another section will be used as a Naseby Battlefield gallery and a separate gallery will focus on the background to the war, how it was resolved and what emerged from it.

To find out more, or to donate to the project, visit www.naseby.com.