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Norwich Castle Keep: A 12th Century Building Reinterpreted for the 21st Century

Start: Jan 23, 2018 06:00 PM

Location: Room 612, UCL Institute of Archaeology

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The fifth seminar in the 2017-18 Institute of Archaeology/British Museum Medieval Seminar Series will be given by Tim Pestell (Norwich Castle Museum) on 23 January.

Abstract

Norwich Castle Museum is focused upon its early twelfth-century Keep, one of the most architecturally sophisticated in north-west Europe. However, it has proven a challenge to interpret ever since it was converted from a prison into a museum in the 1880s, a problem that has been compounded over the years by the limitations of the Victorian architecture. Today, a £13 million redevelopment project is aiming to transform the Keep and reinterpret it for modern audiences. This talk will look at the ethical and practical issues of such a large project.

The Medieval Seminar Series is sponsored by the World Archaeology Section at the Institute of Archaeology and the British Museum.

All meetings start at 6pm at the Institute of Archaeology with the exception of the Sir David Wilson Lecture. Attendees are invited to bring news items for announcement before the start of each seminar.

The programme for the 2017-18 Institute of Archaeology/British Museum Medieval Seminar Series is available to download here»

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