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Published May 19th 2021
New insight into the ancient kingdom of Mercia
TV historian Michael Wood has officially opened a new interactive Anglo-Saxon gallery at Tamworth Castle in Staffordshire. The impressive 'Battle and Tribute' exhibition has transformed the top floor of the medieval castle. The £768,000 exhibition includes the creation of a mead hall, an immersive combat film experience and a unique touch-table strategy game. It aims to bring the area's Anglo-Saxon history to life, including the role of warrior queen, Aethelflaed. The exhibition also explores many exciting aspects of the Staffordshire Hoard, including themes of battle, kingship and the warrior culture in Anglo-Saxon Mercia which includes modern-day Tamworth.
TV historian Michael Wood opens the exhibition with the Mayor of Tamworth
Special guest Michael Wood, was invited to cut the ribbon with the help of Tamworth Mayor, Councillor Rosemary Claymore, before being given a tour of the new exhibition. He said: "The new Battle and Tribute gallery is a fabulous exhibition full of wonderful insights and artefacts, including pieces from the Staffordshire Hoard. This is a great place for children and families to visit, with so much to engage and interact with. Tamworth has been a very important part of our history, it is one of the roots of England. Tamworth was the great royal centre of the Mercians, and the exhibition brilliantly brings to life the importance of Mercia in the nation's history. The gallery displays will capture the imagination of visitors of all ages."
The leader of Tamworth Borough Council, Councillor Jeremy Oates, said: "It's been a challenging year for everyone with the pandemic restrictions and working with lockdown constraints. However, we are excited to have finally re-opened the castle and launched this state-of-the-art Battle and Tribute gallery, plus a new augmented reality trail. The pandemic has magnified the need for Tamworth Castle and how we modernise the way services are provided to the community, visitors and schools. This is a really impressive change to our historic monument and celebrates our history, unlike anything we've had at the castle before." He added: "As part of sharing our historical Tamworth story, the exhibition really showcases our rich Anglo-Saxon heritage and displays pieces of the Staffordshire Hoard, demonstrating how this incredible treasure trove fits into the wider history of the Kingdom of Mercia."
Tamworth Castle has re-opened to the public after Covid lockdown