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Newark Town Hall Museum

Market Place
NG24 1DU

Tel: 01636 680333

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Newark Town Hall Museum

Newark Town Hall has housed the Mayor and the Town Council since it was built in 1776 by John Carr of York.  The Grade I listed building is now recognised as one of the finest Georgian town halls in the country. The building, situated in the heart of Newark’s historic market place, is a ‘must-see’ gem.

The civic rooms, includes the Assembly Room (Ballroom), the Council Chamber and the Mayor's Parlour, which are found on the first floor.
The Assembly Room was designed to be used as the Borough Law Court, as well as used for public meetings, dances and concerts.  During the renovation of the Town Hall in the late 1980s, the Assembly Room was redecorated and restored to its original 18th Century splendour. In 1993, the restoration was awarded a Europa Nostra Diploma of Merit.

In 1999, Newark Town Council opened up a museum within the building to allow daily access to its treasures.  In addition to the rooms with displays on the first floor, visitors can enjoy an excellent Fine Art Gallery, the Spotlight Gallery and a Civic Gallery on the second floor.

Civic Treasures
The Mayor and  Deputy Mayor, the two Mace Bearers, the Town Crier all have traditional historic robes which they wear on ceremonial occasions.  Small versions of these robes are available in the Civic Gallery for children to try on.
The Maces are of silver gilt, and date back to the  late 17th century.
The Loving Cup and cover are of silver gilt. The Cup was given to the town in 1687.  The Mayor's chain of Office was donated by Alderman Becher Tidd Pratt in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. The child-friendly museum has a wide range of activities available for young people all year round. These include small Georgian costumes to try on, various trails and jigsaws. 

Siege Pieces
The Siege Pieces are coins used during the last years of the English Civil War (1642-1646).  The coins are on permanent display in the Mayor's Parlour.  The siege pieces were made out of civic plate, church plate and plate belonging to wealthy individuals.  What is fascinating is that you can see the beading from the original silver platter or tray.  Some pieces have holes in the top and were worn round the neck as a good luck token and also to support Charles I.

Our Art Collection
The fine art collection includes a variety of works by local and international artists such as Robert Kiddey, Peter Brannan, William Nicholson and Stanley Spencer.  William Cubley, a former Mayor of Newark in 1866, and an exceptional artist, also has a selection of works on permanent display.

The Spotlight Gallery: This popular temporary exhibition space has regularly changing monthly displays. These cover a wide range of topics such as embroidery, pottery, textiles, art and photography.

Recent Acquisitions
The Friends of the Town Hall Museum has recently bought an original lithograph of Queen Victoria in 1897, her Diamond Jubilee Year, by William Nicholson (1872-1949) and three Peter Brannan (1926-1994) oil paintings which will be on display shortly.

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