English Heritage has revealed its final plans for a new exhibition and visitor centre at Conisbrough Castle.
Thanks to a £900,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £100,000 each from Doncaster Council and English Heritage, work is due to start in September, when the castle will close to the public until it is reopened in April 2014.
The £1 million project, “If walls Could talk: Stories from Conisbrough castle,” will tell stories from the castle’s fascinating past, in particular the end of the 12th century, when the powerful Hamelin and Isabel built the unique castle keep.
Visitors to the new exhibition will be able to learn all about the building including its unique architectural style and how its residents lived, worked and played within its walls.
On each of the three floors of the keep visitors will be able to encounter the larger than life characters that inhabited the castle, as animations will be projected onto the stone walls of the building.
Edlington and Warmsworth councillor Bob Johnson, portfolio holder for Regeneration and Growth, Tourism, Veteran’s Champion and Culture/Leisure, said: “Conisbrough Castle is one of our key attractions. This fantastic development will breathe new life into a unique historic building and enhance the experience of its 30,000 annual visitors.”
The exhibition will also include a model and film.