Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Oystermouth Castle discovery exceeds expectations

Remnants of an ornate medieval painting dating back to the 14th century have been discovered at Swansea's Oystermouth Castle.The surviving painting is thought to be over 700 years old and was spotted during conservation work in the historic attraction's chapel area.

Exposure to the elements has taken its toll on the painting over time but expert Cadw analysis suggests it's a double-arched canopy that contains the figures of angels.

Some of the clear elements of the painting that remain include a wing with multiple feathers and circular shapes that form a head with yellow hair surrounded by a nimbus.

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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Cadw to undertake Denbigh Castle revamp

Cadw, the Welsh Assembly Government's historic environment agency, has confirmed that it is to undertake an upgrade of Denbigh Castle, which will feature a new visitor centre.

A total of £600,000 will be invested in the overhaul of the North Wales attraction as part of Cadw's £19m Heritage Tourism Project, which has received European Union support.

In addition to the new purpose-built visitor centre, town wall walks are to be opened up and the presentation and interpretation of the property improved.

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Sunday, 12 June 2011

The Tower and the Household

6th August 2011 - 7th August 2011

This conference, the second in the Towers series, shares new research from throughout northern Europe, and addresses both the most fundamental and most neglected aspect of towers – namely how were they used and how did that change?

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Saturday, 11 June 2011

Stones stolen from Nunney Castle in Somerset

Vandals have removed more than 30 coping stones from the perimeter wall of a castle.

The 14th century Nunney Castle in Somerset was targeted sometime this week, the parish council said.

It is not known what happened to the stones, but it is thought they might have been thrown into the moat.

Parish councillor Jeremy Gaunt said while a few stones had disappeared in the past, thefts had been nothing on this scale.

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Sunday, 5 June 2011

Revamped Stirling Castle reopens

The royal palace at Stirling Castle has reopened following a £12 million refurbishment to restore it to its 16th century glory.

More than five years of research has gone into the restoration project, to return the palace to the way it would have looked during the 1540s when it was the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots, after it was built for her parents James V and Mary of Guise.

The revamp includes four giant tapestries and the installation of replicas of the Stirling Heads, carvings which date from after 1530.

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