Work on the latest phase of the Lincoln Castle Revealed project is now available to view on the project’s most recent update film, “The Countdown to Lincoln Castle Revealed”. The three-minute film, is the latest in a series of short project videos that begin to reveal the scale of the project and the benefits it will bring to Lincolnshire.
Robert Woodhead Limited, began work on the fourth phase of the project – the restoration of Lincoln Castle Prison – in August 2013. The specialist conservation team, Woodhead Heritage, is carrying out the restoration and refurbishment of the Georgian and Victorian prison buildings.
The project also includes the construction of:
An underground vault in which to display Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest
A cinema to screen films about Magna Carta
A new shop and cafe for visitors
External landscaping work.
The £19.9 million project, which is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Lincolnshire County Council, is the latest phase in the Lincoln Castle Revealed project, in which Robert Woodhead has already played a huge part.
The company completed Lincoln Castle’s award-winning Heritage Skills Centre, and continues to work on the ongoing restoration of the Lincoln Castle walls.
One of Robert Woodhead’s Site Manager’s for the project, Paul Staniforth, features in the film. He said: “Work on heritage buildings can be complicated, but it’s also interesting as you learn about their history. Understanding how a building was first built, and how it’s been adapted over the years is key to making sure our restoration work is truly sympathetic to the structure.
“Most people will see a building before and after a restoration, but we believe the process is also something that should be shared. We’re progressing well on-site and I hope the film will give Lincolnshire’s residents and visitors an exclusive behind the scenes insight into the project.”
Lincoln Castle will be the only place in the world where Magna Carta (1215) and the Charter of the Forest (1217) can be seen together. It will also be the only place to have a dedicated new building and exhibition to celebrate the 800th anniversary in 2015.
Mary Powell, Tourism Development Manager at Lincolnshire County Council, added: “We are entering into a really exciting phase of the Lincoln Castle Revealed project. We are counting down to the big reveal in 2015 when the entire castle will be open.
”The short films that have been produced throughout the Lincoln Castle Revealed project are an excellent way for everyone in Lincolnshire and around the world to follow the progress of such a landmark project.
“It’s important for us all to understand how complex the restoration of such an old building is, in particular the skill and planning that is going in to creating the underground Magna Carta vault, in the context of such an historic site.”
The latest project update film can viewed on Robert Woodhead’s YouTube Channel:
For more on Lincoln Castle go to http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/visiting/historic-buildings/lincoln-castle