Work on Battle of Naseby museum could begin next year

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BUILDING work on a museum of international significance at the Battle of Naseby site could start next year.

Historians who have been working on plans to build a £3.5 million museum on the site for a number of years launched their fundraising campaign last week.

It is hoped that through public donations and grants from organisations such as the National Lottery they will have secured enough money to start work on the project by the end of 2013.

Campaigner Martin Marix-Evans said: “If we’re successful in securing grants, we hope to start on site in late 2013 or early 2014 and we’ll probably be able to open in 2015 or 2016.”

The museum will be spread across several buildings which will each tell a separate piece of the Naseby story.

Displays will include historic items found on the battlefield, examples of weapons and armour from the 17th century and contemporary reports of the battle.

Mr Marix-Evans added: “We’ll tell the whole story of the battle, including how people got to Naseby and what they did.

“The idea is to create a building that our ancestors could walk into and feel at home, even though it’s going to be a bang up to date, modern building.”