A SUCCESSFUL crowdfunding bid has raised more than £15,000 for Colchester Castle's new exhibition.

Colchester Museums raised £15,396.75, for the exhibition, Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft and Magic at Colchester Castle.

The exhibition will tell the stories of those accused of witchcraft who suffered from unjust imprisonment and subsequent death.

It aims to give a voice to those who were persecuted, imprisoned and executed.

With more than 200 donors, the final donation came from The Friends of Colchester Museums, allowing the museum to press on with its plans.

The museum hopes to bring more attention to the fascinating period of Colchester Castle’s history.

The money raised will be used to enhance an already packed programme of talks and tours, helping to really bring the stories of the exhibition to life.

Pam Cox, Colchester Council's culture and heritage boss, said: "We are blown away with the level of support the campaign has received.

"The campaign has come at a time of great financial hardship for many families, and it means so much that the planned exhibition has resonated with so many, prompting them to donate.

“As custodians of Colchester’s heritage, it is Colchester Museums’ responsibility to ensure new generations have access to as much of Colchester’s history as possible.”