Castle’s archeological secrets to be revealed for the first time

Lancaster Castle basking in the Autumnal sunlight on Castle Hill.Picture Garth Hamer
Lancaster Castle basking in the Autumnal sunlight on Castle Hill.Picture Garth Hamer
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The results of an archaeological exploration of Lancaster’s Castle Hill will feature for the first time in a special exhibition held in a former wing of the prison.

Familiar to all Time Team viewers, the geophysical survey was carried out earlier this year by Oxford Archaeology.

The exhibition takes place in the former A Wing at Lancaster Castle from 1 pm – 5 pm on Saturday, November 29 and from 10 am to 3pm on Sunday, November 30.

The event will also give visitors a chance to experience and feed into the first HackLancaster event that will be hosted alongside the exhibition.

A 24 hour hackathon, HackLancaster is supported by The Creative Exchange at Lancaster University.

It will see computer coders, creatives and the next generation of heritage champions work with the data produced by the geophysical survey, and other data sources such as the Urban Archaeological Database created by Oxford Archaeology. The Hackathon will run from 10am on Saturday to 1pm on Sunday.

The event is part of the Beyond the Castle project – a Lancaster Square Routes project that aims to unlock the heritage potential of the urban green space and ancient monument site between the River Lune and Lancaster Castle/ and the city centre.

The recent geophysical survey was carried out on Vicarage Fields and Quay Meadow, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The results of the survey have now been provided to the Beyond the Castle team and will help to develop knowledge about the origins of Lancaster.

Loura Conerney from Beyond the Castle and HackLancaster organiser, said: “For the first time, we’ll be opening up the Urban Archaeological Database to the public, along with the archaeological survey and other relevant heritage data sources.

“It will be a great opportunity to introduce creative thinkers, coders and makers to Lancaster’s heritage, while challenging them to present their creative responses over a period of 24 hours.”