Battlefields Trust

Posted: 2009-06-04

Battlefields Trust

Somewhere in the world, there's a group or organization devoted to whatever you are interested in. This was brought home to me the other day when I received an email from The Battlefields Trust.

You might be aware that I devoted part of the history section of Britain Express to British Battles (if you weren't aware, here's your chance to read some interesting articles!). I thought I did a decent job of outlining the major battles fought on British soil, but that's nothing compared to what the Battlefields Trust has done.

Whoa! Hang on! Who are the Battlefields Trust? I didn't know either, but now I do: The Battlefields Trust is a charity devoted to preserving battlefield sites throughout the UK, promoting awareness of the sites and their historical role, and education about battles and battlefields.

As part of their mission, the Battlefields Trust sponsors regular guided walks around battlefields (see a brief list of upcoming events at the end of this post), and works to improve signage and interpretation panels at sites. They publish a quarterly journal called, appropriately, 'Battlefield' and hold regular conferences.

They also - and here's the nifty bit - have published a very extensive guide to British battlefields on their website. Battles are presented with background details and key facts about the conflict. Most battles come with photos of the site and access information and are listed by date, by name, and also by Local Authority/county. It's a terrific resource, and well worth looking into if you are a history buff ... like me.

Right, I promised some events, and here are several upcoming in the near future. The full list can be found on the Battlefields Trust website events page.

Battle of Towton 1461
Wednesday 10th June 2009
Commences at 10am from the "Crooked Billet" pub (Yorkist side the battlefield). This is on the B 1217 about two miles south-west of Towton. (Graham Darbyshire 01977 683825).

The Three Battles Festival
Saturday 13 June 2009
Please note that this event has been postponed to 12th September.

Battle of Naseby 1645
Sunday 14th June 2009
Meet at 10.30am at the Naseby Battlefield Project (NBP) field at Mill Hill on the Naseby to Sibbertoft road (marked with the NBP logo and flag; sat nav postcode: NN6 6BS). £5 charge (Harvey Watson 01494 726673)

Battle of Towton 1461
Sunday 21st June 2009
Commences at 2pm from the "Crooked Billet" pub (Yorkist side the battlefield). This is on the B 1217 about two miles south-west of Towton. (Graham Darbyshire 01977 683825).

Battle of Marston Moor 1644
Wednesday 1 July
The Towton Battlefield Society are visiting this battlefield meeting at Marston Moor at 7pm. (Graham Daryshire 01977 683825).

Battle of Towton 1461
Sunday 5th July 2009
Walk commences at 2pm from the Rockingham arms in Towton (Lancastrian side of the battlefield). (Graham Darbyshire 01977 683825).

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