This spring SAHAAS and St Albans Museums bring you the first exhibition celebrating the the Second Battle of St Albans during the War of the Roses which remains largely forgotten. Fought in St Albans over 500 years ago on 17 February 1461, it was one of the largest battles in the conflict. The Lancastrian victory should have enabled them to win the war, but their failure to capture London and a shattering defeat a month later, led to a Yorkist monarchy and ultimately Richard III – thus the battle at St Albans was forgotten.
The exhibition delves into the site, motives, tactics and aftermath of the battle, including the looting of the city. The story unfolds through a range of exhibits, detailed replicas revealing the nature of medieval warfare and real artefacts including the second oldest cannonball known in England, found on the battlefield site.
* Due to unforeseen circumstances, St Albans Museums have had to push back the start date of this exhibition.
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Battlefields Trust Conference 2023
The Battlefield Trust will be holding their 2023 conference on Saturday 3 June in St Albans during The Forgotten Battle exhibition.
Speakers include Nathen Amin (Henry VII and the Tudor Pretenders) , Dr Harry Sidebottom (The Boudica Revolt) and Helen Adams (Handheld Firearms in the Middle Ages). In the afternoon there will also be a visit to St Albans museum for a private viewing of their Forgotten Battle of St Albans exhibition.
Please note that this event is being organised by The Battlefield Trust and is not a St Albans Museums event.