Please note that due to Government national restrictions, Tamworth Castle is closed until further notice.
The Castle Grounds remain open at all times.

 

Battle and Tribute

saxonsNew ‘Battle and Tribute’ exhibition coming soon to Tamworth Castle.

A new state-of-the-art and interactive exhibition at Tamworth Castle is currently being built, dedicated to the area’s rich Anglo-Saxon history.

Work is now well underway to transform the top floor of the Castle into the £768,000 ‘Battle and Tribute’ exhibition, including the creation of a mead hall, an immersive combat film experience and a unique touch-table strategy game. 

More pieces of the Staffordshire Hoard will also be on display, alongside items from our own collection. The exhibition will bring the area’s fascinating Anglo-Saxon history to life, including the role of our famous warrior queen, Aethelflaed, and themes of battle, kingship and warrior culture in Anglo-Saxon Mercia.

The Battle and Tribute exhibition has been made possible thanks to a grant of £499,900 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with the remainder of the cost being matched by funding from Tamworth Borough Council, the Friends of Tamworth Castle, and the Arts Council.

A number of shield-making workshops have taken place at the Castle and in the community over the last 12 months. As a result, there are now more than 400 hand-painted shields ready to display as part of a shield wall when the new exhibition opens. This will create a dramatic display around the perimeter of the Castle.

Keep an eye out on here and Tamworth Castle’s Facebook and Twitter pages for more news about the new exhibition in the coming months.

Some areas of the castle, including the top floor, will be closed during the works, and admission prices have been reduced to reflect this. However, the rest of the castle remains open with plenty to see throughout and some excellent family events to attend in the coming months. 

The Staffordshire Hoard is owned by Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent City Councils, and managed on their behalf by Birmingham Museums Trust and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.