The Battle of Barnet Project
The Battle of Barnet Project took place from 2015-19, and developed activities to interpret and commemorate the battle, including:
Schools’ loan box filled with medieval replicas, maps, pictures and a teachers’ pack, with background information and activity suggestions.
...of some of the people who fought at the Battle of Barnet which have been sewn and hand-painted by Battle of Barnet Project volunteers
...telling the story of the Battle of Barnet from significant locations around the town. The film, which has been created with Battle of Barnet Project volunteers, including local filmmakers Josh & Kirsty Ward, can be seen below or at https://vimeo.com/304692558
THE WARS OF THE ROSES: THE BATTLE OF BARNET
Josh Ward and Kirsty Robinson-Ward
A free colour leaflet highlighting 10 locations around Barnet which relate to the battle, with key information about each, as well as background information about the battle. Available at Barnet Museum.
...with battle re-enactment, stalls and activities (more in Medieval Festival section)
Test-pitting, metal detecting and finds processing (more in Archaeology section).
Barnet Museum’s newly upgraded website included more features, and this expanded Battle of Barnet section.
The Battle of Barnet Project received a VIP visit in May 2017, when HRH The Duke of Gloucester came to Barnet, where he looked round Barnet Museum, Barnet Physic Well and was shown the probable site of the Battle of Barnet, where one of his predecessors as Duke of Gloucester fought in 1471.
For the final report to the Heritage Lottery Fund please see Report on The Battle of Barnet project.
Thank you to the almost 200 volunteers who between them have given over 5000 hours of their time since the Project began in 2015.
Grants and donations
We are extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Hadley Trust for their support of the Battle of Barnet Project. The Hadley Trust funded most of the Barnet Battlefield Survey (the archaeological investigation into the site), while in December 2016 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the Project a grant of £98,600 to develop activities to help the community to discover more about, and commemorate, the battle.
Thank you also to the many other organisations who have provided sponsorship and grants: the Arms and Armour Heritage Trust, the Hyde Foundation, the Robert Kiln Foundation, the Battlefields Trust, Barnet Museum, Barnet Society, LoveBarnet, the Hadley Wood Association, the Richard III Society and Waitrose in Chipping Barnet.
Battle of Barnet Partnership
The Project was run by the Battle of Barnet Partnership: Barnet Museum, Barnet Society and the Battlefields Trust. Huddersfield University led the archaeological investigation.
An independent, volunteer-run, local history Museum founded in 1938. The Museum’s aim is to collect, record, preserve and interpret the history and heritage of Barnet, and to inspire interest, understanding and appreciation of it. The collection of objects, documents and photographs covers life in Barnet from ancient times to the present day. Barnet Museum is a centre for local and family history research, conducts ongoing research and produces publications into Barnet's history, runs visits for schools and other groups, works with the community, gives talks to local groups, and has an active local history society.
A non-political, borough-wide organisation which brings together all those interested in local, conservation and heritage issues. They campaign for the preservation and improvement of the environment of Chipping Barnet and surrounding areas and for protection of the Green Belt.
The Battlefields Trust
A national charity with a regional structure which seeks to preserve and interpret battlefields as heritage and education resources. It provides support to Historic England on the designation and protection of Registered Battlefields and conducts research and archaeology into battlefields across the country as well as organising walks, seminars, study days, conferences and a range of onsite battlefield interpretation.