Keeping story of a castle’s past alive

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IT IS thought to have hosted a meeting between King Richard I of England and William of Scotland, but few people know the rich history of Malton Castle.

But now a new project is planning to change that and tell the story of the castle’s long and complex past.

Yvette Turnbull, Ryedale District Council’s creative economy officer, said: “It was clear that, although the history of the castle is astonishing, very few people knew anything about it.”

Today little remains of the castle, apart from parts of the outer wall. However, work by local sculptor Pete Coates, in stone and oak, will remind people there is more to the wall than meets the eye. It has been placed in the town’s Castle Gardens as a permanent marker.

Kirkbymoorside Camera Club was asked to create an exhibition of photographs to depict the story which will go on display in Malton Museum’s new home.

The exhibition, at the Parish Rooms, Yorkersgate, runs from April 25 to June 15.

The awareness project involves Malton Museum, Malton Castle Garden and the council working in partnership.