Colchester Castle's new tablet tour guides unveiled

Colchester Castle's new tablet tour guides unveiled

Colchester Castle's new tablet tour guides unveiled

Colchester Castle's new tablet tour guides unveiled

Colchester Castle's new tablet tour guides unveiled

Colchester Castle's new tablet tour guides unveiled

First published in News

Hundeds of guests filled Colchester Castle for a preview of the £4.2million renovations which will allow visitors to explore the history of the keep using tablet computers.

About 300 people, including councillors and local businessmen, were invited to Monday night’s event which featured demonstrations of the tablets, which visitors can use to compare the castle as it is now to how it would have been.

They can also point the tablet, which will visitors £1 to hire, at certain exhibitions to read more about them and watch how they have changed through ages to appear as they do in present day.

But the tablets are just one of the many ways modern day technology will be used to explore the Norman keep, which will also have virtual chariot racing, audio and video character stories and huge film projections directly onto the castle wall.

There will also be hands on exhibitions for children, such as building an archway and dressing up in period clothes.

Many of the discoveries made in and around Colchester, including everything from cremated bones to a handheld mirror, will also be featured prominently in the museum.

Speaking at the event, councillor Tim Young, cabinet member for culture, said: “I hope you will agree it looks amazing.

“We have one of the most historically important buildings in Britain, and collections of national and international importance.

“I hope you will agree that we have got something very special to share here.”

He thanked museum staff for all their hard work and spoke of his hopes of how the renovations will be boost the town’s tourism industry as a whole.

Colchester Mayor Colin Sykes will officially reopen the castle on May 2.

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6:06pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Ozzie says...

Lovely to hear that at last the castle is almost complete for opening. But, when is the actual date of opening? Also, does anyone at the Gazette proof read your articles? Quote "They can also point the tablet, which will visitors £1 to hire" . Did the reporter not mean ' cost' after the word ' will? Would be nice to have a follow-up article detailing the opening dates for members of the public (like myself) that have been eagerly awaiting any information when the castle is likely to re-open. Would also be nice to find out what the likely opening hours are for a typical week and what the entry fees are going to be to help fund the refurbishments.
Lovely to hear that at last the castle is almost complete for opening. But, when is the actual date of opening? Also, does anyone at the Gazette proof read your articles? Quote "They can also point the tablet, which will visitors £1 to hire" . Did the reporter not mean ' cost' after the word ' will? Would be nice to have a follow-up article detailing the opening dates for members of the public (like myself) that have been eagerly awaiting any information when the castle is likely to re-open. Would also be nice to find out what the likely opening hours are for a typical week and what the entry fees are going to be to help fund the refurbishments. Ozzie
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7:34pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Boris says...

Ozzie wrote:
Lovely to hear that at last the castle is almost complete for opening. But, when is the actual date of opening? Also, does anyone at the Gazette proof read your articles? Quote "They can also point the tablet, which will visitors £1 to hire" . Did the reporter not mean ' cost' after the word ' will? Would be nice to have a follow-up article detailing the opening dates for members of the public (like myself) that have been eagerly awaiting any information when the castle is likely to re-open. Would also be nice to find out what the likely opening hours are for a typical week and what the entry fees are going to be to help fund the refurbishments.
The CBC website says the Castle will re-open on 2nd May. Suggest you ring them for the other details.
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[quote][p][bold]Ozzie[/bold] wrote: Lovely to hear that at last the castle is almost complete for opening. But, when is the actual date of opening? Also, does anyone at the Gazette proof read your articles? Quote "They can also point the tablet, which will visitors £1 to hire" . Did the reporter not mean ' cost' after the word ' will? Would be nice to have a follow-up article detailing the opening dates for members of the public (like myself) that have been eagerly awaiting any information when the castle is likely to re-open. Would also be nice to find out what the likely opening hours are for a typical week and what the entry fees are going to be to help fund the refurbishments.[/p][/quote]The CBC website says the Castle will re-open on 2nd May. Suggest you ring them for the other details. http://www.colcheste r.gov.uk/article/103 13/Colchester-Castle -to-re-open-to-publi c-after-15-month-clo sure Boris
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