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Norwich Castle: Royal Palace Reborn

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Work on Norwich Castle Keep’s £13.5 million transformation project is continuing to make good progress behind-the-scenes.

The Normans built the keep as a palace fit for a conquering king. Now, thanks to major support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and many other funders, visitors will be able to experience the keep as it was in its royal heyday.

The lockdown has prevented any works on site but the project team has been embracing technology to share computer screens with architects, structural engineers and exhibition designers.

Norwich Castle’s design and technical team are working remotely on displays for the new British Museum medieval gallery. With nearly 1,000 objects to display, one designer described the process as being like a game of Tetris. The resulting displays will present these wonderful objects elegantly, while telling compelling stories of the lives of people in medieval times.

Lockdown has also not deterred the castle’s remarkable team of tapestry volunteers. Work on the Bayeux-inspired Norwich Friends Tapestry continues in living rooms across the county. Some are completing panels for the tapestry, others are working on complementary sewing projects, including richly-coloured banners for the recreated Norman spaces in the keep.Keep banner

So, while this is a challenging time for everyone, Norfolk Museums Service is looking to the future and is committed to delivering this important project for the people of Norwich, Norfolk and beyond.

Royal Palace Reborn

  1. Royalty Revealed: We’re re-creating the palace of Norman Kings – one of medieval Europe’s most important buildings
  2. The People’s Palace: For the first time in 900 years everyone will be able to explore all five levels of the Keep – from basement to battlements
  3. Medieval Treasure: The British Museum’s first medieval gallery outside London will bring treasures of international importance to Norwich
  4. Keep Learning: More than five years of events and activities will open up the medieval world to all ages
  5. A Jewel in the Crown: Norwich Castle will take its place as one of the UK’s premier heritage attractions



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