14th century landmark goes digital

Hylton Castle

A 14th century Sunderland landmark has gone digital this week as Consult and Design launched a new website for the Hylton Castle Project.

Plans to restore the 600 year old, Grade I listed Hylton Castle gathered pace this week as the first details for creating a new centre for heritage and learning were unveiled.

The project — funded by £2.9m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and an additional contribution of £1.5m from Sunderland City Council — will see the Gatehouse Tower transformed to house exhibition spaces for community and educational use, as well as a public cafe.

The website, powered by Drupal, explores the history of the castle as well as providing tools for the Hylton Castle project team to update the local community on the latest news at each stage of the project, as well as information on upcoming events and how to get involved.

David van der Velde, Managing Director at Consult and Design, said: “As a company invested in Sunderland, we’re always delighted to work on projects that benefit the local community.

“The Hylton Castle website has been a great project to work on and we’re looking forward to supporting the Hylton Castle Project team on the restoration of this Sunderland landmark over the next 18 months.”

A public drop-in session has been arranged for Tuesday 21 February 2017 at the nearby Bunnyhill Centre from 2.30pm to 7pm so people can view the proposals, meet the project team and share their views and suggestions on the future of the castle.

Find out more information about the Hylton Castle Project by visiting hyltoncastle.org.uk

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