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“Shifting Sands - Lawrence of Arabia exhibition”

National Civil War Centre Newark Museum
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: It was Britain's deadliest conflict and one which shaped our modern world. Why did brother take up arms against brother and how did a once all-powerful monarch lose his head to the axeman? Discover how the people of Newark survived three sieges by dodging cannon fire, hammering flat family silver to make coins, only for plague to ravage the town. Put yourself on the front line, feel the weight of armour and weapons and aim to destroy the Governor's House as a Parliamentarian gunner. Which Side Will You Choose? New for Spring 2018, two new exhibitions: Cutting Edge: The Changing Tools of War and Shaking the Foundations: The Quest for Democracy. Exhibition covered with normal admission prices!
Reviewed 25 November 2016

Another great temporary exhibition at the NCWC in Newark. Gives a balanced view of the man and helps to explain the situation in the Middle East now. Lots of interesting items ranging from a Bedouin tent down to tins of condensed milk found on a dig where the Arab army pitched camp. There's even a Brough Superior motorcycle on display - I hadn't a clue that they were made in Nottingham.

Try the new cafe too.

2  Thank Stuart W
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Reviewed 23 November 2016

Visited civIl war museum recently to see Lawrence of Arabia exhibition. Really good.
We put £2 on parking nearby, but had to go out and top up parking fee, as after two hours, there was lots more to see.
Excellent new cafe.
Very helpful staff

3  Thank Helen B
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Reviewed 19 November 2016

The British Civil war ( action took place in England , Scotland , Wales & Ireland ) is a fascinating period in British history , Newark played a significant role , very much a Royalist town whose story is very well told in this new museum. I found the presentation well presented & informative. What attracted my journey down the A1 was the exhibition - Shifting Sands : Lawrence Of Arabia & The Great Arab Revolt & lecture in the afternoon by a speaker from the Lawrence Of Arabia society. The artefacts on display brought this enigmatic man to life. Highly recommended.

3  Thank Peter L
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

Informative for people with a keen interest in this civil war & interesting for those people finding out about it for the first time. Plenty of exhibits but not too many.

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Reviewed 11 November 2016

Having heard about the Shifting Sands exhibition on national radio, we decided to visit the National Civil War Museum, Newark during a recent short holiday break.
I've always been interested in Lawrence of Arabia, who is the focus of this excellent temporary exhibition at the museum.
Lawrence is a controversial figure who is never far from the headlines at the moment, given his historic links to the Middle East.
This particular exhibition presented life story as well as his time in Arabia during the First World War.
From a Bedouin tent to one of Lawrence's garments, Shifting Sands is informative, well researched and superbly put together. If you are a Lawrence fan, then it's a must.
Definitely worth the £8 fee to enter the museum itself, which of course is dedicated to Britain's own troubling times during the Civil War.

4  Thank BronteBabe15
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Mark W, Operations Manager at National Civil War Centre Newark Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2016

Hi Brontebabe15,

Thanks for your kind review--great TripAdvisor name!

We're pleased that yourself, together with more and more visitors, are choosing Newark as their weekend destination. With bigger exhibitions, more town-wide attractions opening, and more shops than Meadowhall, there's never been a better time to visit Newark! Make sure you check us out for the Christmas market and Christmas light switch on!

All the best and come back soon,


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