Hylton Castle HLF Award - February 2016

11th February 2016

Because of a fantastic grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund, Beaumont Brown Architects along with our client, Sunderland City Council and the Friends of Hylton Castle and Dene, can now plan to repair, develop and rejuvenate C14 Hylton Castle: through interpretation; events and activities; reconnecting it to its history and the lost elements of the castle complex and former gardens.

We will be providing a range of spaces and amenities over three floors to make a community based facility, which we hope will provide the opportunity for individuals, groups and organisations to get to know Hylton Castle and the Dene better. Inside the castle there will also be a chance to get to know more about the heritage of the local area and how the castle fits within a wider context.

And outside there will also be opportunities for events like historical re-enactment if you fancy taking part in the War of the Roses, environmental studies and the chance to explore the landscape and wildlife in the Dene.

Whilst the past is important, in understanding the cultural significance of the castle and its contribution to Sunderland, we will also be looking to the future: so we hope to see Hylton Castle become a hub for training; heritage skills; enterprise and perhaps most importantly, young people.

It’ll have its social side too and will have a café and loos, so we hope it’ll become a place to meet, have a cup of tea, see the exhibitions and join in activities, whilst taking in Hylton Castle’s past and being a part of the City’s future.

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