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18th July 2010
Medieval entertainment, a visit from a 16th Century owner and a chance to see the progress of the £1.2 million repair project will all be part of the annual Weoley Castle Open Day on Sunday 18 July, 1 – 4 pm, admission free.
Now in its seventh year, the annual Open Day at the ruined medieval moated manor allows visitors to access the site that is normally closed to the public. Amongst the entertainment this year will be medieval musicians, mummers plays, a medieval housekeeper and a visit from Richard Jervoise – the London Merchant who purchased Weoley Castle in the 1530s.
The Open Day will be the first opportunity for the public to see the results of the £1.2 million repair project of the castle and the grounds. The ruins have been repaired and restored by specialist stone masons, using traditional craftsmanship to clean and replace damaged stones.
Throughout the project, new information about the castle, its occupants and the layout have come to light. Scrub clearance around the bridge abutment has revealed walls that appear to have been from an outer gatehouse which would have made the entrance to the castle even more impressive than previously thought.
Visitors to the Open Day will also be able to see the new Education Centre. The building includes a community classroom for groups visiting and using the site. Local voluntary group the Castle Keepers, who are concerned with the maintenance of Weoley Castle Ruins, will organise activities from the centre and Birmingham Young Archaeologists will also run classes from there.
The repair project, which arose out of consultations with local residents at previous Open Days, has taken over four years to complete and has been funded by Birmingham City Council, English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund. There will also be an opportunity to have a tour of the ruins on 13th August at 2pm.
Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture said: “I am delighted that the progress of this impressive repair project will be seen at the popular Weoley Castle Open Day. It is great to see how local people have shown interest in discovering more about this important medieval site and preserving our heritage for generations to come."
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