CANCELLED - Anniversary of Civil War Siege on South Shields Talks

These talks are cancelled

illustration of 17c soldiers


Friday 4 October

Friday 11 October

Friday 18 October

Friday 25 October

Visitor information

£5 each event, or book all 4 for discounted £15. 

2pm- 3.30pm. 

Booking essential.

Brought to the museum by The Battlefields Trust.


A series of three talks and one field trip on the English Civil War, and the involvement of the north east in the struggle between King and Parliament.

1. A New Dynasty  The coming of the Stuarts in 1603 and the origins of the struggle between the monarchy and Parliament. Examining the Battle of Newburn Ford (1640) on the western fringes of Newcastle, which forced Charles I to abandon his long period of direct rule without Parliament.

2.  A Nation At War With Itself The descent into civil war: considering events leading to the invasion of the Scots on the side of Parliament in 1644 and the fighting that began in Northumberland.

3. Newcastle At Bay The Siege of Newcastle and the lesser known Siege of South Shields, the fighting between Newcastle and Sunderland, and the events leading to the execution of Charles I and the abolition of the monarchy.

4. Field Trip to Newburn Ford Battlefield A visit to the battlefield of Newburn Ford, west of Newcastle. Standing on the ground is the best way to understand how battles were fought. Meeting point St Michael and All Angels Church, Church Bank, Newburn NE15 8LT.