February Update

Spring is coming, we have plenty to share with you and some exciting events coming up so make sure you don’t miss anything.

Landscape Management
If you have been ‘Beyond the Castle’ lately you will have noticed some changes in the landscape! We have been concentrating this Winter on landscape management and much progress has been made.

Skills development and volunteering:
Working with volunteers we have restored the historic hedge along Vicarage Lane; the work involved hedge laying and re-stocking of gaps to diversity the hedge with hawthorn, dog rose and guelder rose.

Working with community partners:
We are currently hosting and training two teams who are on a three month work placement with us. Our partners are Social Enterprises Preston United and Furniture Matters. The teams have been making great progress with hedge laying, removal of young trees from archaeologically sensitive areas, crown raising and shrub removal.

Woodland and landscape management planning
We held a workshop to introduce the public to woodland management planning and what is involved as we are to embark on the process of woodland management planning with the Forestry Commission.

Upcoming Events for your Diary

Landscape and Archaeology Walk and Talk
Sunday 1st March
2pm outside Lancaster Priory
To find out more about the work that is happening on site and how landscape management and archaeology go hand in hand. Meet our heritage and landscape consultants David Redmore and Jason for a guided walk/ site walkover.

Woodland Management Planning Values and objectives for Beyond the Castle
14th March, 2 – 5 pm, Lancaster Priory Refectory
Meet the Beyond the Castle Woodland Consultant to explore and define values and objectives for the Beyond the Castle woodland management planning; with Dave Brackley, Woodland Consultant

Heritage Lancaster; ‘Shaping the Future’ event
Monday 22nd June 2015 10 am – 4 pm The Storey Institute
We are bringing together leading specialists in Roman archaeology and medieval castles to help us envision the future of Lancaster as one of the UK’s key heritage cities. The event is free and open to anyone with a perspective on what the future of our city should be. We now have the line-up confirmed for our expert panel:

Chair: Gill Hey, CEO Oxford Archaeology
Simon Esmonde Cleary Professor of Roman Archaeology
John Goodall Architectural Editor of Country Life Magazine
David Breeze Authority on Roman Military Archaeology
Jason Wood Beyond the Castle Heritage Consultant
John Zant Project Manager Oxford Archaeology North
David Shotter Emeritus Professor Lancaster University
Andrew Pearson Authority on late Roman Military Archaeology

There will be four key themes running through the day:
Advancing archaeological interpretation and progressing future research and excavation
Masterplanning, access, vision for the site
Digital data, the future of engaging people and communication
Tourism and visitor offer

For more information and to book a free place please visit www.beyondthecastle.org/heritagelancaster

Priory Churchyard Then and Now
We are working with Lancaster Priory, Arts and Digital Technology partners to develop proposals for the restoration of the Priory Churchyard. We had our first meeting with the Heritage Lottery in January and are working on a stage one submission by May 2015.

Priory Churchyard Then and Now; talk by Stephen Gardner, Senior Conservation Officer, Lancaster City Council 13th June, 6 – 8 pm (meet at 6 am outside Lancaster Priory)

Coastal Communities Funding Application for St George’s Quay
We have been in contact with the Coastal Communities Fund; we expect to find out if we have been successful with our funding application before the end of March.


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