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Pupils’ art and poetry competition launched to mark Civil War battle at Basing House

News release 9614, published on 03 Mar 2020
The English Civil War is on the curriculum for school pupils across Basingstoke and Deane for the launch of an exciting art and poetry competition by the Mayor to commemorate the 375th anniversary of the Battle of Basing House.

Borough Mayor Cllr Diane Taylor is inviting all schools and sixth forms to produce a piece of artwork or a poem that relates to conflict in 1645, at the end of the English Civil War.

In a project launched by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Cultural Trust, pupils will learn how Basing House was besieged and destroyed by Oliver Cromwell.

The nationally important historic site at Old Basing was the last Royalist stronghold in the south east and a key site in the battle between King and Parliament.

The educational project will use interactive videos from The Sealed Knot re-enactment charity. Some schools will be visited by members dressed as Royalist soldiers from the 17th century.

Art work and poetry entries will be judged by Cllr Taylor in three competition classes - primary, secondary and sixth form.

Winners will be invited to the Sealed Knot’s Basing 2020 re-enactment of the battle on Sunday 24 May. Artwork and poetry will also be on display in a pop-up gallery over the bank holiday weekend.

Cllr Taylor said: “Local history in the borough is rich and fascinating and the 375th anniversary of the Battle of Basing House is the perfect opportunity for young people to learn more about the English Civil War and to engage with the event.

“I hope as many pupils as possible will contribute an entry to the art and poetry competition – it is a chance to stretch their creative talents and to produce new art and culture.”

Hampshire Cultural Trust is also offering all pupils and teaching staff the opportunity to visit Basing House on Friday 22 May, to discover how the Civil War affected people living in Hampshire at the time.

You can find out more about Basing House at https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/basing-house

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