Competition: Design an English Civil War recruitment poster for your chance to win a £100 goody bag!
Learn all about the English Civil Wars and make a recruitment poster for your favourite side. With just a sheet of paper, some pencils, pens or paints and your imagination, you’ll soon be rooting for either the Roundheads or the Cavaliers – who are you going to choose?
England at war
In the middle of the 1600s, civil wars raged across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The king was Charles I and the main conflict was between him and the English Parliament, centred on who held power and how it was used, complicated by religious differences. Charles I came to the English throne in 1625. He believed that a king was appointed by God and did not have to share power with Parliament unless he so wished.
The king’s supporters were called Royalists and nicknamed ‘Cavaliers’. They faced the Parliamentarians, nicknamed ‘Roundheads’. The Royalists were defeated in the first Civil War in 1646, as well as in the second one in 1648. After this, Charles I was executed in 1649. England was then ruled by Parliament, supported by the army. Oliver Cromwell became the country’s leader, and titled ‘Lord Protector’. It was Charles I’s son, also called Charles, who now fought for the throne, but he fled to Europe in 1651. The monarchy was eventually restored in 1660 when he became Charles II.
Which side are you on?
Before you get started on your poster design, let’s look at the Roundheads and the Cavaliers. The Roundheads were reformers; they wanted to share power more widely among people and to have religious freedom, and some wanted a new society with greater equality.
The Cavaliers supported the king and his desire to rule as head of the country, and supported the existing protestant Church of England.
Caricatures drawn at this time portrayed the Roundheads as serious, plain and religious, and the Cavaliers as rich, elaborately dressed and extravagant. This was quite an exaggeration, but thinking about what they stood for, who would you support?
Design your poster
Once you’ve decided who you would have supported in the Civil Wars, you can create your own recruitment poster on a piece of paper or card.
You can decorate or customise your poster any way you would like, using pens, paint, collage or anything that helps bring it to life. Make sure your message is short but to the point – it can be fun or serious, whatever you like. Just make sure it would encourage as many people as possible to sign up as recruits as soon as they see it!
How to enter
Once you’ve designed your poster, you can enter it into our competition to be in with a chance of winning a goody bag of prizes worth £100 from our online shop. Ask an adult to scan or take a clear photograph of it and send it to us at email@example.com, along with your full name and age, and your parent or guardian’s membership number, name and address.
Please make sure you have your parent or guardian’s permission to enter, and check the terms and conditions below. Entries must be in by midnight on Wednesday 5 January 2022. Good luck!Enter now