One of the exhibits from Cutting Edge: The Changing Tools Of War
One of the exhibits from Cutting Edge: The Changing Tools Of War

A new exhibition is to open at the National Civil War Centre, Newark.

The second of the visitor attraction’s new temporary exhibitions, Cutting Edge: The Changing Tools Of War, will feature the transformation in the roles of soldiers and how they armed themselves, from 1618 to 1651.

Assistant business manager for heritage, culture and visitors, Carol King, said: “Cutting Edge will enable visitors to see up close arms and armour that represent some of the many tangible changes that took place during the turbulent 17th Century.

“We are excited to offer many objects that have never been displayed anywhere before, making this a fantastic opportunity for visitors.”

Visitors will be able to see Thomas Fairfax’s sword and a first edition of Robert Ward’s Animadversions Of Warre.

The 17th Century was a time when soldiers no longer wanted to be weighed down with heavy armour and the New Model Army, the country’s first professional standing force, was introduced.

The exhibition will be launched on March 29 alongside Shaking The Foundations: The Quest For Democracy, which considers the issue of suffrage.