A Sad Loss … Martin Marix Evans

Very sadly, Martin Marix Evans, stalwart of the Naseby Battlefield Project and founder member of the Battlefields Trust, passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning after deteriorating complications after contracting Covid-19.

MME tiles

Martin was a tireless campaigner for battlefields heritage and preservation, and a founder member of both the Naseby Project and the Battlefields Trust.  He was one of the ‘gang of 3’ who metal detected and logged the battlefield at Naseby and led the campaign to protect it from the building of the A14, then subsequently of the campaign to build a Visitor Centre fitting to the status of the battle that decided the struggle for Parliamentary democracy in Britain.

P-Burton-M-Westaway-MME(The Gang of Three: Martin Marix Evans (right) with Peter Burton and Mike Westaway)

Martin was very much a mentor to me when I got involved with the battlefield project at Naseby, and talked me through a number of issues when I began the battlefield model that has regularly featured on this page.  It is a familiar story, as so many will attest to his boundless enthusiasm and selfless support for fellow activists, historians and volunteers.

Many of us last saw him at the launch of the Naseby exhibition at Daventry Museum, a genial 80 years of age and still holding a torch for the Battlefield Project.  He will be much missed by all who knew him and by all who value our shared heritage.

Martin Marix Evans 1939 – 2020 R.I.P




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