Millgate museum

Elvis has left the building!

Millgate Museum is closed and the building is now empty.

Staff and volunteers have packed and shipped our treasured objects out to other sites and we have now left Millgate and moved into the Museum Resource Centre. 

Resource, Learning , Outreach and Discovery Box services are now running from the Resource Centre, Brunel Drive.  

Please ring 01636 655777or 655730  for bookings, enquiries or to make an appointment.

New Museum

We have been awarded £3.5 million of Heritage Lottery Funding to develop a new museum and National Centre for Civil War Learning at the Old Magnus Buildings, Appletongate, Newark. 

Staff are working towards the project and we aim to launch the new museum in late 2014.

If you want to know about other exciting things we are doing why not join our mailing list by emailing or phone 01636 655730 for our  Museum Newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Budding garden designers sought

Ideas are being sought for the development of a community garden at the National Civil War Centre. The Friends of Newark & Sherwood Museum Service are setting aside a community space in the rear courtyard of the museum.

Rae Elliot, Chair of the Friends said ‘This is an opportunity for the community to have a say in what we include in the garden, from seating to the kind of plants there are. It’s a small space but with a bit of imagination we can make something special out of it. We’re keen to see the garden link with the museum in some way.’

Project Manager, Bryony Robins described the plot ‘It sits behind the Tudor hall in a south facing position – an ideal sun-trap. It would be great for outdoor café seating and a safe space for children as it’s away from traffic’.

Ideas so far have included planting of C17 medicinal herbs and a Victorian apothecary garden. There’s also the opportunity to re-instate a sundial left from when it was the headmaster’s private garden.

The community garden will be open to the public without having to visit the museum. If you would like to share your ideas please go to on Twitter @civilwarcentre / email



Museum Questions!

What has happened to the Millgate displays?

The collections on display at Millgate have been carefully packed by the staff and volunteer team. The team have reviewed documentation / catalogue records, condition checked the objects and then wrapped them in conservation grade materials.
Small objects have been packed into acid free boxes. Objects that are too big for boxes have been wrapped separately.

Some collections have been moved to the museum service’s purpose built off site store.

The agricultural objects from Millgate will be loaned to Newark Showground who are establishing a new agricultural museum.

During the next 12 months the museum team will also look to transfer or loan objects to other museums, to increase public access to the objects which have been removed from display.

Have you disposed of any of the collection?

In the museum world  ‘disposal’ is a word which means return to the lender, or loan, or transfer, as well as destruction.
We are arranging to return two objects to their lenders.

We are also loaning objects to Newark Showground in January 2013. We already have loans on display at Newark Town Hall and Hardwick Hall, Derbys (National Trust).

We are also working with a group of volunteers with regard to preserving the printing display.

By March 2014 we would like to transfer, or loan, more objects to other museums. You can be rest assured that we haven’t destroyed any objects.

How do I keep in touch with what is happening now that Millgate Museum has closed?

There are various ways to stay in touch.

1. You can sign up to our mailing list and we will send you our regular newsletter ‘Museum News’ which includes the latest developments and forthcoming events. We prefer to use e mail as it is quick and saves on postage, but if you haven’t got an e mail address then we will of course send something in the post. E mail us at or telephone 01636 655730.

2. You can also write to us – Newark and Sherwood Museum Service, Resource Centre, Brunel Drive, Newark, Notts, NG24 2EG.

3. Our web pages are regularly updated

4. You can also get informal updates via Twitter and Facebook.  Follow @civilwarcentre for updates about the new museum project and Civil War events and @historyremixed for information about the museum service outreach events.

Are Discovery Boxes still available?

Discovery Boxes are still available boxes must be collected and returned to the Resource Centre, Brunel Drive.

You can book a box by calling us on 01636 655730 or 655777  by  e mail

What is available for schools now that Millgate Museum has closed?

There are plenty of activities for school pupils and teachers:

  • Museum learning sessions delivered direct to pupils in the classroom
  • Pilot sessions for new museum learning activities and ambassador schools
  • A Time Travel project
  • Discovery Boxes
  • Civil War tours
  • Learning Forum for teachers and group leaders

What is going to happen to the Millgate Museum building?

The museum building was rented from a private landlord. We will surrender our lease on 31 March 2013 and the landlord can then look to re-develop the premises from 1 April 2013.

Can I visit the new museum site on Appletongate?

There will be some tours of the site in 2013 before building work starts in the summer. However, once building work starts public access to the site will be very restricted.

Details of the tours will be posted in ‘Museum News’, on our web pages , on Facebook and Twitter, and in the local press.

How can I get more involved with the museum service?

If you would like to be more involved with the museum service you could consider volunteering.

You might also like to consider joining the Museum Friends group. The Friends are a registered charity who work closely with the museum service to promote the service and to raise funds.

They have there own committee and meetings. Full details are available on the Friends web site
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