New project win: Oakham Castle

Oakham Castle horseshoes

Rutland County Council have received £2.2 million funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out extensive restoration work to restore the Great Hall and Castle Walls of Oakham Castle and to improve access to the site. The castle is one of the finest examples of late 12th century domestic architecture in England.

The project will also develop facilities for visitors, increase educational use of the site, and promote the history and heritage of Oakham Castle and Rutland as a whole.

Oakham Castle is particularly well known for the collection of horseshoes in the Great Hall, donated by visiting Peers of the Realm as a traditional way to commemorate their visits. Displayed on the walls of the Great Hall, the horseshoes make an impressive display and we are looking forward to working as part of a team led by heritage consultants, PLB, on an interactive exhibit that will allow today’s visitors to take a closer look at these historic items.

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