Modern Day History

Anyone fascinated by history and a love of technology will not be let down by a visit to the historic market town of Newark, Nottinghamshire. The recent opening of the National Civil War Centre has provided the public with a chance to see ancient artefacts and delve into the fascinating detail of the Civil War. Carefully detailing the three sieges of Newark, you realise the town’s importance in the battles between Parliamentarian and Royalist forces.

Modern Day History -Pictures: Stuart Wilde Photography Ltd

Modern Day History -Pictures: Stuart Wilde Photography Ltd

In order to bring our past to the people of today, twenty eight short films were created by Spool, a Nottingham based production company. The film crew spent five weeks shooting in beautiful, historic locations in order to re-create the lives of important figures of the seventeenth Century. One short film details King Charles 1’s execution warrant being signed. In an excellent portrayal of the King’s character, you feel for his pride when he requests an additional shirt for the execution thus preventing the cold from making him shiver; he did not want this to be mistaken for fear.

Modern Day History -Pictures: Stuart Wilde Photography Ltd

The director, Carolina Giammetta, believes the films will entice a wider audience into this genre, “When I have shown the films to people, they want to find out more about the Civil War. If they feel like that, it’s great”.

Modern Day History -Pictures: Stuart Wilde Photography Ltd

Modern Day History -Pictures: Stuart Wilde Photography Ltd

As well as the films being shown within the museum itself, visitors can also go on a town trail and use augmented reality to see the stories come to life at the sites themselves. By downloading the app to a smart phone or tablet, the visitor simply holds the device up to each specific location and the corresponding film will play.

Modern Day History -Pictures: Stuart Wilde Photography Ltd

Modern Day History -Pictures: Stuart Wilde Photography Ltd Modern Day History -Pictures: Stuart Wilde Photography Ltd

In an age where we depend upon media representations of the past, what better way to learn or re- discover our history! 

Words: Emma Rosling

Pictures: Stuart Wilde Photography Ltd


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