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Published October 15th 2021
Get more out of your visit to medieval castle
A new series of interpretation panels are being installed throughout the grounds of medieval Tamworth Castle in Staffordshire to highlight the town's rich history and heritage. The project has been made possible thanks to the Government's Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) which is aimed at helping to protect the future of the nation's creative and cultural organisations. The new panels include dedicated information on Anglo Saxon warrior queen Aethelflaed, the anchor and urns, the motte and a new 'Inside the Bailey' board. They are designed to provide bite-size information relating to many of the objects and sites within the Castle Grounds and monument. The information includes historical facts, images and stories of the iconic statues and historic features, for people to read while spending time enjoying the surroundings. The re-opening of the town's iconic castle following the easing of the pandemic restrictions and the launch of a new state-of-the-art and interactive exhibition has offered visitors the chance to interact with the town's rich heritage and embrace local history.
One of the new panels at the foot of Tamworth Castle
Tamworth Borough Council was awarded £501,000 from the £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund, which included £374,850 for Tamworth Castle and a further £126,150 for Tamworth Assembly Rooms, to help the venues survive the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. Councillor Robert Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said: "The pandemic has further magnified the need to highlight and inform visitors of the town's main cultural offering and great history. The funding from CRF is enabling the implementation of the new interpretation panels and ensuring that the castle experience meets the expectations of modern audiences, by developing new features for visitors and new digital audiences. These include the creation of a new augmented reality trail, which is now live throughout the castle for people to enjoy as part of their visit, and an online collection and archive of historical artefacts and objects. After a challenging year with the lockdown restrictions, we welcome everyone to our town. We are delighted that our historic venues are open and people can visit the Castle Grounds freely."
The interpretation boards are dotted throughout the castle grounds
He added: "The panels really help us showcase our rich heritage and share our amazing Tamworth story. It has been exciting to have an archaeologist on site while the new posts are dug for the panels, so far unveiling pottery pieces suggested to be Victorian! What else might be uncovered?"