Naseby Project ‘out and about’

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The Naseby ‘battle in miniature’ has done a couple more outings over the Summer …

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The Holdenby event was the BBC’s ‘Northamptonshire’ day – and, despite being a blustery Autumnal day, was hugely popular.

From a battlefield championing point of view, we got cleaned out of every battlefield trail leaflet we could get hold of*.

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Holdenby, of course, is where Charles I was held prisoner in 1647 after end of the Civil War – so has it’s own point on the Naseby Timeline.  

Like the pub in the village, a great place to be able to display the model and interpret the battle.

Enthusiasts will be pleased to note that, in the pub, we did a full refight of the battle – which engaged not only some non-wargaming reenactors but also a foreign student over here on an exchange visit (who decided that Naseby would be a good topic to pick for her study project)!

Here are some familiar scenes – but after the recent refurbs and adaptations …

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(Okey’s dragoons unleash fire into the flank of the Royalist cavalry)

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(Maurice’s cavalry rally forward and drive back Ireton’s wing)

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(in the centre, there is a small amount of gunfire as the King’s infantry approach)

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(a general melee follows along the ridge held by Fairfax’s New Model Army)

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(Cromwell’s cavalry completely overwhelm Langdale and dominate the Eastern side of the battle)

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(with much of the King’s army surrendered or retreating, a body of Rupert’s Blewcoats prepares to make a stand – 15mm figures by Peter Pig and Minifigs)

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These were very popular and successful outings … active learning and interpretation.   Obviously we could do so much more for people’s understanding and enjoyment of their battlefield heritage if only we had the resources to make permanent exhibits and upscale our ‘out and about’ programme.

There is a saying … ‘if you build it, they will come’

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(the Naseby Battlefield travelling display)

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*before, of course, a week later, being in yet another heritage funding meeting in which earnest stakeholders question whether anyone will visit.   Why is it the mandarins who appoint administrators to quangos always appoint people who don’t care about military history and have no knowledge of such a key sector in their new brief?  I am sure if we needed to resource a knitting museum or ‘social history’ tea room we’d have far fewer problems.

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