Barnet 1471 Battlefields Society

Were raising money to build the Battle of Barnet Visitors Centre

We want the Battle of Barnet Visitors Centre to celebrate the history of both the Battle of Barnet and the associated history of Dancers Hill House.
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Barnet 1471 Battlefields Society registered charity 1188093

We want the Battle of Barnet Visitors Centre to be a community-led project that celebrates the history of both the Battle of Barnet and the associated history of Dancers Hill House. This project aims to educate visitors and to establish a community that will maintain, protect and develop Barnet and Dancers Hills rich heritage.

How will this be achieved?

Regular events and medieval festivals; as well as annual temporary exhibits.

A charitable academic grant aimed at encouraging period-appropriate research and assistance with publication.

Employment of staff and volunteers who will man our exhibits, work with local schools to produce outreach projects, curriculums & guided field trips, and help grow & maintain our community gardens.

An apprenticeship programme aimed at developing the potential of our community in landscaping, office management and museum management.

This project will establish Barnet and Hertsmere as a site of historical significance, attracting local & international tourism and investment into our community.

The Battlefield of Barnet was designated a Registered Battlefield Area by English Heritage in 1995, Londons sole registered battlefield. However, its exact location has forever eluded archaeologists and historians until now! Thanks to detailed research kindly donated by Brian Warren, we have strong evidence that points towards the battlefield being located within the Hertsmere area; north of Hadley Highstone and very near Dancers Hill & Kitts End Land. Starting next year the 550th year since the battle, we plan to run a 3-5 year volunteer-run archaeological project that will explore the area, led by Archaeologist Peter Masters and Military Historian Mike Ingram. This project will also coincide with community archaeology workshops and volunteer led battlefield walks that will explore the to-be King Richard IIIs first battle, the first battle on English soil to use guns & cannons, and where the Earl of Warwick Richard Neville (The Kingmaker) would die alongside his brother, the Earl of Montagu.

About the charity

1. To advance the education of the public in the medieval history of Britain, world war history, and the associated history of Dancers Hill House through:  The provision of educational workshops/talks, activities, exhibits, school and community projects;  Supporting research into medieval history and provide grants for academic studies’. 2. To advance such other charitable purposes (according to the law of England and Wales) as the trustees see fit from time to time.

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