Colchester Castle given £3.2m from Heritage Lottery Fund

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A project to redevelop a museum at a historic castle in Essex has received £3.2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Colchester Castle has been given the money as part of a £4.2m plan to refurbish the Norman building and upgrade its displays.

The money will be used to help tell the history of the Roman town, improve the museum shop and insulate its roof.

It is hoped the work will help attract more visitors to the museum.

A spokesman for the Heritage Lottery Fund said it was a" fantastic opportunity" to turn the castle into a 21st Century heritage attraction.

'Fantastic news'

The refurbishment will have new displays telling the story of Colchester through its collections, from the foundation more than 2,000 years ago up to the Siege of Colchester in 1648.

There will also be displays about other significant sites in the town, such as the town wall and Roman circus.

Project manager Tom Hodgson described the lottery funding as "fantastic news".

He said: "We are now able to put our planning into practice and create exciting new displays that do justice to Colchester's nationally important heritage, the outstanding collections and the amazing building in which they are housed."

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