One of the jewels in the crown of Colchester's history is its magnificent castle.

And these images over the past four decades show the discoveries it has experienced, the vast array of visitors and then events staged there.

These include the recording of an episode of classic quiz show Mastermind in January 1988 with original host Magnus Magnusson at the the helm and open days where the public were able to access the dungeons.

And they show the Castle's museum many years before it underwent its £4.2million refurbishment which took a year, starting early 2013 and reaching completion the following May.

The programme of work on the largely Norman, Grade 1 Listed castle improved and updated the displays with the latest research into the castle's history, and supported the repair of the roof.

So you have images of Colchester's past ? Contact us on 01206 508186 to share them.