Big plans for Colchester Castle unveiled as £4.2 million redevelopment begins

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A FULL scale burial reconstruction, an interactive hub, audio stories and replica objects for visitors to handle will form the centerpieces of a £4.2 million redevelopment of Colchester Castle, it has been revealed.

Colchester Castle Museum, set in Europe’s largest surviving Norman Keep, will close for more than a year from this Monday while it undergoes an ambitious transformation.

After being stripped of its content, the castle will temporarily reopen this spring for events including a beer festival, tours, a Medieval Day and a craft fair.

A year of work including repairs and the introduction of new displays will then take place before the museum opens in spring 2014.

See Friday's Gazette for the full story.

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8:51am Fri 4 Jan 13

TheCaptain says...

the largest Norman keep built not just the largest surviving.
the largest Norman keep built not just the largest surviving. TheCaptain
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9:10am Fri 4 Jan 13

romantic says...

Looking forward to visiting it when all the stuff inside has been stripped out. It really will be a one-off opportunity to see the inside in its entirety.
Looking forward to visiting it when all the stuff inside has been stripped out. It really will be a one-off opportunity to see the inside in its entirety. romantic
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10:19am Fri 4 Jan 13

Simon Taylor says...

Should be interesting.
Should be interesting. Simon Taylor
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3:08pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Bobby Walker says...

Looking forward to it.
I just hope it is done properly and doesn't overrun because it seems an incredible length of time to shut Colchester's main attraction.
Looking forward to it. I just hope it is done properly and doesn't overrun because it seems an incredible length of time to shut Colchester's main attraction. Bobby Walker
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5:55pm Fri 4 Jan 13

catflap1 says...

Bobby Walker wrote:
Looking forward to it.
I just hope it is done properly and doesn't overrun because it seems an incredible length of time to shut Colchester's main attraction.
I don't think the firstsh_it project management team are involved
[quote][p][bold]Bobby Walker[/bold] wrote: Looking forward to it. I just hope it is done properly and doesn't overrun because it seems an incredible length of time to shut Colchester's main attraction.[/p][/quote]I don't think the firstsh_it project management team are involved catflap1
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7:41pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Longinus says...

TheCaptain wrote:
the largest Norman keep built not just the largest surviving.
No, it's the largest Norman keep in terms of square feet not height.
[quote][p][bold]TheCaptain[/bold] wrote: the largest Norman keep built not just the largest surviving.[/p][/quote]No, it's the largest Norman keep in terms of square feet not height. Longinus
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7:42pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Longinus says...

Okay, forget it, just got what you said. Sorry TheCaptain.
Okay, forget it, just got what you said. Sorry TheCaptain. Longinus
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7:27pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Hatpeg says...

What will the staff do for a year?
Will they still get paid, or do other jobs within the Council?
What will the staff do for a year? Will they still get paid, or do other jobs within the Council? Hatpeg
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