Weoley Castle facelift up for top award

By on 24/05/2011 in Culture, News, Video News

The £1.14 million facelift of Birmingham's 13th Century Weoley Castle Ruins has been shortlisted for a prestigious national heritage award.

And Birmingham residents are being urged to vote for Weoley Castle Ruins after the project reached the semi-final stage in the Best Heritage category of the National Lottery Awards.

Birmingham City Council completed the £1.14 million facelift last year thanks to a £500,000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant and further support from English Heritage.

The two-year project safeguarded the future of the ruins, which date back to 1270, and Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, is delighted the work is now in the frame for national recognition.

He said: “We could not have completed the work without Lottery support and I’m delighted this remarkable project has reached the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards.

“The Weoley Castle Ruins are one of Birmingham's hidden gems and I'm delighted we were able to work with partners for this vital work.

“It's easy to vote, so we’re hoping people support us, as it would be a fantastic reward for everyone involved in the project to receive national recognition for their hard work.”

The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects.

To vote for the Weoley Castle project visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards/best-heritage-project/139/ or call 0844 836 9719 (Calls cost no more than 5p from a BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary, calls from mobiles could cost considerably more. Callers are advised to check with their telephone network provider to be certain of the cost. No profit will be made from the cost of the phone vote by The National Lottery)

The first round of public voting runs from 9am on Tuesday 31 May and ends at midday on Monday 20 June.
Grade II listed Weoley Castle Ruins is one of ten scheduled monuments in Birmingham.

Work completed as part of the facelift includes:

  • Consolidation of the ruins
    The fragile stone remains have been cleaned and consolidated, certain features are now more evident such as the drawbridge abutment and the gate house entrance walls repaired.
  • New education centre
    The new building houses toilets, classroom and a small kitchen.  It has been used for schools sessions, the AGM of the Council for British Archaeology and a summer craft event.
  • New CCTV system
    Security is now centrally monitored with an observational camera on the ruins themselves.  Work with the police to minimise vandalism is ongoing.
  • New viewing area Access to the ruins is by guided tour only but the ruins can be viewed from the platform.

In addition to the work carried out, a committed team of volunteer Castle Keepers has now been established. The dedicated volunteers contribute to the upkeep and maintenance of the site and carry out guided tours of the site. They meet on a monthly basis and help at open days and events.

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For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

Notes to Editors:

  • Weoley Castle Ruins
    The ruins at Weoley Castle are over 700 years old and are the remains of the moated medieval manor house that once stood here. The site has been inhabited from the 12th century and, according to the Doomsday Book, was part of the estates of William Fitz Ansculf. Click here for more information
  • The Heritage Lottery Fund
    Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  HLF has supported more than 33,900 projects, allocating over £4.4billion across the UK, including £319million to projects in the West Midlands alone. Click here for more information
  • English Heritage exists to make sure the best of the past is kept to enrich our lives today and in the future. Click here for more information
  • The National Lottery Awards are the annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects.  They recognise the difference that Lottery-funded organisations - both big and small - make to local communities.  From 9am 31 May- Midday 20 June, 70 semi-finalists will compete for public votes.  The three projects in each category with the highest number of votes will go through to the final round of public voting.  The winning project in each category will receive national recognition at a star-studded event later this year, broadcast on BBC One. www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards

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