Medieval Hay Castle restoration receives £4.46 million boost

Hay CastleThe trust aiming to restore Hay Castle has secured £4.46 million pounds worth of funding to get the most out of the medieval site.

The regeneration project took a giant step forward thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund grant to help restore the Grade 1 listed property.

Hay Castle Trust will use the money to save and consolidate the castle ruins, provide access to the keep while also restoring the mansion and reopening the ancient gate. Further plans are in place to create a museum-standard gallery, educational space and café, and to provide space within the Castle for community groups.

Nancy Lavin Albert, managing director of Hay Castle, said: “We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund which does crucial work saving irreplaceable buildings across the UK.

“We are extremely grateful to all our supporters for their generous donations to this ambitious project. The trust’s aspiration is to create an inspiring place for people to enjoy their heritage and the arts, learn new skills and participate in cultural and community events.”

In addition to the award of £4.46million grant, the trust has also raised more than £1million with the help of its supporters.

However, £900,000 still needs to be raised by the end of this year in order for work to begin on the site in 2017.

Search Is On for King Henry I, Who May Be Buried Under a Parking Lot

Henry I Reading AbbeyLooking for a dead medieval king? You might want to check under a parking lot.

That theory, at least, is on the minds of archaeologists and historians in Reading, about 40 miles west of London, who this week will begin searching for the high altar of the abbey founded by King Henry I. They believe that the altar — and, they hope, the king’s remains — could be under the parking lot of a local prison, near the abbey ruins. The area around a nearby nursery school will also be searched.

Nearly four years ago, archaeologists discovered King Richard III’s grave under a parking lot in Leicester, about 100 miles northwest of London, on the site of a former monastery.

Henry I, who ruled from 1100 to 1135, reportedly died after eating lampreys, a kind of jawless fish. A son of William the Conqueror, who ascended to the throne after the death of his elder brother William II, Henry has been described as a usurper because he seized the crown while another elder brother was away on a Crusade. Henry also had a reputation for cruelty; he is said to have had the tips of the noses of two of his granddaughters cut off. But he is also credited with strengthening the monarchy and putting in place efficient — if sometimes oppressive — administrative policies.

John Mullaney, a historian who is part of the team undertaking the search, said that archaeologists knew “within a few yards” where Henry was probably buried. He said the team would use ground-penetrating radar to search the area around the prison, and around a nearby nursery school.

Mapping the Medieval: Ithaca College Professor Building Digital Model of Ireland’s Trim Castle

Trim Castle MapImagine touring a medieval castle without ever leaving your room. That may soon be possible thanks to the efforts of Professor Michael “Bodhi” Rogers and a team of students from Ithaca College.

Rogers and four students traveled to County Meath, Ireland, in June to use a laser scanner to map Trim Castle. Built during the 12th century, it is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland and was used to film scenes in the film “Braveheart.” Over the course of a month, they mapped part of the outer wall that encircles the castle, as well as the outside of the castle itself.

The research team expects that it will take multiple trips over the course of at least two years to complete scanning the outside the castle, and Rogers hopes to get permission to scan the interior during a return trip to the site.

The laser scanner used by Rogers and his team pulses 50,000 times per second to take a reading every five millimeters, while simultaneously taking digital photos. Computer software is then used to create a 3D model of the structure.

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