A Shropshire castle has been given a grant of almost £10,000 to set up a permanent display of its amour collection. The Whittington Castle Preservation Trust has just been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Sharing Heritage’ grant.
The trust, which is an independent charity responsible for the castle site, owns 10 pieces of armour which were found in its picturesque moat when it was dredged in the late 1960s. It has been stored in an upstairs room since the castle reopened to the public in 2007, although on of the pieces, a helmet has recently been on display at Oswestry museum.
Sue Ellis, the castle manager, said: “The collection is something of a mystery but it may well be the ‘Parish armour’ that was listed for Whittington in the 1620s.
“We think the armour dates back to the civil war and a hole is clearly visible in the armour which could be from a pikeman’s weapon.”
The display will be in a secure and accessible space which opens off the gift shop, and the grant money will pay for a protective grille, display stands, new lighting and information panels.
“It is good to be able to start work on this project. We are grateful for the local support we have had.”