Did you know that Barnet is the only registered battlefield site within Greater London? It’s hard to believe that Nearly 550 years ago (1471), The Battle of Barnet was fought, which was a decisive battle in the Wars of the Roses between the noble houses of York and Lancaster over who should be king. The battle saw the death of the Earl of Warwick (‘the Kingmaker’), amongst the many other fatalities on both sides. This battle paved the way for the defeat of the Lancastrians at the Battle of Tewkesbury a few weeks later and confirmation of the Yorkist Edward IV’s position as King.
Thanks to Lottery Players, a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £98,000 was awarded to the Battle of Barnet Partnership (Barnet Museum, The Barnet Society and
The Battlefields Trust) to undertake a 2 year project to discover more about the battle and its precise location. We already have a number of people who have signed up to help with different parts of the project, and are happy to accept more!
There are lots of activities planned over the next 2 years, including more archaeological investigations, resources for schools, an annual Medieval Festival, walking tours, banner making and much more! In late 2018, the research and finds and all the work of this project will be used to create an exhibition at the volunteer-run Barnet Museum in Wood Street, where everyone can find out more about the Battle of Barnet in an exciting way.
We hope to update readers on the progress of this project along the way, with snippets of exciting facts and news about the Battle of Barnet and the project, from different members of the Project Team so watch this space! In the meantime, we would love to see you following us on Twitter and Facebook, or through subscribing to our mailing list at Barnet Museum www.barnetmuseum.co.uk
The Medieval Siege Society at Hedingham last year. They will be providing demonstrations of medieval combat and everyday life at our Medieval Festival in Barnet on Sunday, 11th June
Battle of Barnet Project Co-ordinator