An inspiring female character from history is being celebrated with a day of free activities for all ages at the National Civil War Center in Newark next month.

17th century writer and Civil War spy Aphra Behn will star in family fun shows on Saturday, July 2.

Visitors will also have the option of choosing a statue of her to erect in her home town of Canterbury.

17th Century writer and Civil War spy Aphra Behn to star in family fun shows on Saturday, July 2 (57374418)

In partnership with the Canterbury Commemoration Society and Loughborough University, the center will display four miniature bronze statues of this influential figure, considered the first female playwright and writer of fiction.

Visitors will be able to vote for their favorite and the most popular will be enlarged and displayed in a prominent position in their home town.

Visitors of all ages can be inspired by the sculptures during craft sessions and create their own clay masterpieces to take home.

Performances offering the opportunity to learn more about Aphra Behn will also be held regularly throughout the day.

Sarah Clarke, Center Learning and Engagement Manager, said: “I am so excited that we are celebrating the truly remarkable but often overlooked Aphra Behn.

“Virginia Woolf wrote that ‘all women together should drop flowers on Aphra Behn’s grave, for she is the one who earned them the right to speak their mind’, and I’m thrilled to share his story with a new generation as well as offering the chance to be part of the historic decision on his statue”.

The day will end with a leisurely hour-long session from 3-5pm, designed to help children and young people with autism or with additional needs enjoy the museum.