A MUSEUM has won a national lottery grant to commemorate a Civil War skirmish that took place nearby.

Preston Park Museum has won the grant of £8,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to mark the 375th anniversary of the Battle of Yarm, in 1643.

The battle, between Royalist and Parliamentarian forces, was for one of the key crossings over the River Tees and the anniversary falls on Thursday, February 1 2018.

A museum exhibition will take place between January and March and include items from its significant collection of arms and armour. There will also be talks, school workshops and re-enactments.

The museum will be supported throughout by its project partner Tees Archaeology and also by the Battlefields Trust, both of which will help with the learning activities and the displays.

Stockton council’s cabinet member for arts Norma Wilburn said: “This will highlight the importance of this local skirmish and other regional battles for the Tees’ river crossings during the English Civil Wars and will encourage a wide range of people to engage with local heritage."