Oakham Castle: A Unique Community Archaeological Project

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Oakham Castle: A Unique Community Archaeological Project

Oakham Castle: A Unique Community Archaeological Project

Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2019, 19:00 - 21:00

Venue: Melton Carnegie Museum

All welcome – Admission £5.

Doors open 7.00 pm – Talk begins 7.30 pm.

Limited places available – please book early to avoid disappointment.

Telephone 0116 305 3860 or meltonmuseum@leics.gov.uk to reserve seats.

The original motte-and-bailey castle was probably established in 1075 by William the Conqueror. Once a

major fortified administration centre, today little remains of the original castle above ground. All that survives

above ground are the remains of the 11th-century motte and inner bailey, the late 12th-century hall, parts of

the 13th-century stone curtain wall, and the outer bailey known as Cutts Close. All of the rest has been lost. In

2018 a community dig set out to investigate the castle site and uncover Oakham Castle's hidden history. This

year a crew of volunteers, working under Site Director Mathew Morris, returned to Oakham to continue the

work and expand our understanding of a unique archaeological site that has dominated the town of Oakham

for nigh-on a thousand years. Come along and see what this year's excavations have revealed.

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