Saturday, 2 February 2013

UNLOCKING THE SECRETS OF EUROPE’S CASTLES




The castles of Europe still hold many secrets – and now a new charity, the Castle Studies Trust, is being set up to help unlock them.
Castles continue to capture the imagination of young and old alike, little is known of the vast majority although they are often still central to their local communities hundreds of years after they were built. Even with those which are well known, there is still a lot to learn about them.
With many badly damaged – or even lost altogether – simple questions such as what they looked like or when and why they were built remain riddles.
Now the Castle Studies Trust has been set up to fund research projects to help answer some of those questions – and it is appealing for donations from organisations, businesses and members of the public.
Castle Studies Trust joint patron John Goodall said: “Castles great and small litter the land and townscapes of the British Isles. Despite the public interest they arouse, the vast majority remain very little studied. By the careful application of funds The Castle Studies Trust promises to help enable further research into these buildings.
And Edward Impey, another joint patron, said: “'Castles are with us everywhere - in reality, in the imagination and in literature. They are mighty reminders and documents of the past. What they can tell us is staggering - but so much remains to be learnt. The Castle Studies Trust stands to make a major contribution in this field.
People can donate in a number of ways: either by credit card at https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/castlestudiestrust; by cheque; direct debit or payroll giving. For further information about how to donate people can go to www.castlestudiestrust.org
Grants will initially focus on new work on castles such as architectural and geophysical surveys or scientific tests such as radio-carbon dating. Places for which grants could be considered range from sites in major cities, such as London where little is known of Baynard’s Castle, to smaller historically important locations such as Pleshey in Essex.
View the Castle Studies Trust Website...