Tag Archive: Heritage Lottery Fund

Major £13m project will transform Norwich Castle’s keep

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It is one of the great historic centrepieces of the city, and over the next few years an ambitious project is aiming to transform Norwich Castle keep and give visitors the chance to step back in time to the world of the Norman kings. Called Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England, the £13m four-year project…

Medieval Hay Castle restoration receives £4.46 million boost

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The 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…

Archaeologists hoping to uncover more remains of medieval priory in Northumberland

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The Holystone History & Archaeology Group has been awarded grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Northumberland National Park and the Coquetdale Community Archaeology Group to fund their efforts at further discovery. The group has spent years trying to pinpoint the exact whereabouts of the priory which existed from the 12th century until it was dissolved…

Sutton Hoo: Money available to develop historic Anglo-Saxon site

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Money has been made available to develop a historic Anglo-Saxon ship burial site so visitors can retrace a royal funeral procession. It is believed Sutton Hoo in Suffolk was the final resting place for King Raedwald of East Anglia in the 7th Century. It is thought the ship was hauled to the site from the…

Medieval mysteries of Abberley to be revealed thanks to lottery grant

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A medieval village in Worcestershire will be revealed in all its glory after a heritage group received a lottery grant to delve deeper into its many mysteries. Abberley Hills Preservation Society has been awarded £50,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a year-long project in the picturesque village which is north west of…

Medieval Torre Abbey is named as Heritage Project of the Year winner

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The historical Grade II-listed Torre Abbey has won this year’s Michelmores/Western Morning News Property Award 2014 in the Heritage Project of the Year category. The project was funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Torbay Council with Kier Western & Wales in charge of the multi-million pound works. Built in 1196 Torre…

Bob White: The castles of Robin Hood

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Following the news that £24m is to be spent revamping Nottingham Castle, Bob White, chairman of the World Wide Robin Hood Society, looks at some other castles associated with the outlaw Over the centuries various historical events in Nottingham’s past have resulted in the site where the legendary castle once stood being presently occupied by…

Big Dig launch seeks test-pit volunteers

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Archaeology enthusiasts in Swaledale are finalising plans for their biggest challenge to date – a two-year community project to help dales folk search for clues to medieval and ancient history in their own back yards. The lottery-backed Swaledale Big Dig is being organised by the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group (SWAAG) and will be launched…

Medieval barn to open at Lloyd’s Great Dixter home

A 500-year-old medieval barn and three 19th century oast houses are opening to the public for the first time at a well-known house in East Sussex. The Grade II* listed great barn will open on Tuesday at Great Dixter in Northiam near Rye, the former home of horticulturist Christopher Lloyd. It is one of the…

Medieval relics found at Queenborough Castle

Medieval pottery and a belt buckle were among the items unearthed during a two-day dig at Queenborough Castle on Friday and Saturday. It was the first project at the site – known locally as the Welly Bank – since Channel 4’s Time Team came to town in 2005. Led by Kent County Council (KCC) community…

£1 million to help preserve Tamworth Castle for future generations

Tamworth’s most beloved and iconic landmark has been granted a cash boost of more than £1 million to ensure its future and strengthen its place in the town. The medieval castle has been a symbol of Tamworth for hundreds of years – and thanks to a successful Heritage Lottery bid – announced weeks before the…

Oystermouth Castle in Swansea bay re-opens to the public

It was twice burnt to the ground by rebellious Welsh princes and was “Camelot” for the ancient lords of Gower. Now romantic Oystermouth Castle, set on a commanding hill overlooking Swansea Bay at Mumbles, is to re-open to the public after a £1.7m makeover. Half of the crumbling medieval castle had been closed to the…

£1m for upgrades at Wales’ most popular museum

Wales’ most popular visitor attraction has been given £1m in new funding to carry out essential maintenance and crucial modernisation. The money from the assembly government will help the St Fagans: National History Museum near Cardiff lay the foundations for a larger planned redevelopment. Upgrading electrical and water capacity will be among the works carried…

Medieval Ipswich church saved to become wellbeing centre

£3.5m plans to save Ipswich’s magnificent medieval church St Mary at the Quay, by transforming it into a mental health wellbeing centre are taking shape thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) development grant of £68,500, it was announced this week. The development funding enables the East Suffolk Mind, the charity committed to improving the…