We have submitted an application to HLF to undertake archaeological digs and as part of the
legacy of this project we hope to open a Battle of Barnet Visitors Centre.
At the moment in time it does not have a collection until the archaeological digs projects are underway however we plan to open a visitor centre which will be focusing and delivering the educational heritage of the Battle of Barnet 14th April 1471. This battle is important historical as it is the 1st fight to wiping out the lancastrian cause with the death of Earl of Warwick and it is the future Richard III first battle. It is also London's only registered battlefield so has a very rich
We aim to open at Sherbourne House, EN5 4PZ and have put in an offer of 2.65 million which we need help to raise funds, it is one of the oldest houses in Hadley Highstone was owned by a Mrs Boosey, we want to preserve this house and develop it into an exhibit space and run educational project for schools where we work alongside teachers to make it fun but informative. We want to have a volunteers look after our medieval herb garden and develop items from this
whether it be for our cafe or demonstrations of remedies. We were part of the Battle of Barnet Project and have helped to set up Barnet Medieval Festival so we have undertaken public consultation on what they would want for the future.
Our vision for the visitors centre
As you enter the property the will be an immersive 3d experience of being in the battle of barnet where you may come across the Edward IV or Warwick the Kingmaker.
There will be an exhibit about the lead up to the Battle of Barnet, all of the war of the roses battlefields so we can show first hand how the politics of the time and how battles where fought and where, this room will constitute an interactive map of the battle of barnet. We are in discussion with Barnet Museum to display some
of there finds from previous digs from the battle and we will display finds from our digs here. We will also display a replica of the head of a warrior discovered at the battle of towton to show the type of battlefield injuries you may sustain
A weapons of the war of the roses room which will have a suit of armour in it of what Edward IV, and a hands on experience of weapons that can handled, a canon fire game for children to play as Barnet is the first battle where they were used, a warbow demonstration where you can try to pull one and see if you have the strength of an archer. We will also have a war games area for children to play with how a battle formation would line up to see the type of warriors and their weapons would be placed.
Welcome to the Court of Edward IV we would have replicas made of the type of clothing worn at Court from high status to low status, have courtly games for people to play and to dress up in the clothes they would have worn.
Can you outwit a court jester game and the type of food they may have eaten.
The Warwick the Kingmaker Story - how warwick rose to the champion of the battle of st albans to his downfall at the battle of barnet. How he was the of the top politicians of this time and how he escaped to france. We would like to build a mini replica of St Albans to demonstrate how he won the castle he lived in at Warwick and a video on his victories and downfall.
Interactive archaeology room with first hand experiences of how to find a medieval battlefield including GPRS, looking for strategic monuments and looking at old chronicles. We would like to put a dig experience game in this room to see demonstrate to uncover items in the ground.
Any profits from the visitors centre would be put pack into our annual temporary exhibit space so we can put new displays on every year from the Barnet Court Rolls to medieval medicine to heraldry etc.
We would also like to use the cottage of the area to continue the work of Barnet 1471 Battlefields Society which set up in November 2017 to protect the battlefield and do research whilst educating members of the public. So far we have 30 members and hold regular historical talks on the medieval period so we would like to continue these at the house and use the area for these which would also be open to the public.