Archaeologists get to work at Clitheroe Castle

ARCHAEOLOGISTS are compiling a comprehensive record of historic Clitheroe Castle and Museum.

The castle and its associated buildings are undergoing a 3.2m. development scheme and archaeologists have seized the opportunity to record some of its ancient features using special measuring and imaging equipment. Once complete, the record will be stored at Lancashire Records Office.

Meanwhile, pieces of medieval pottery discovered during the work will eventually go on display at the new-look Clitheroe Castle Museum.

Senior achaeologist Ian Miller said: "This is the first time this kind of work has been undertaken at Clitheroe Castle and it has given us crucial information about how the site has developed.

"We took detailed measurements and photos using surveying equipment, and also found several items of medieval pottery, including drinking and cooking vessels, during test digs."

Clitheroe Castle has dominated the skyline since it was built in the 12th Century by Robert de Lacy to protect the administrative centre of his estates.

Ribble Valley Borough Council is spearheading the 3.2m. scheme to redevelop the site. It will see a glass atrium linking the museum and nearby North West Sound Archives on two levels, with a lift, facilities for the disabled, caf, exhibition space, interactive display facilities and education suite.

The museum will undergo major restoration and internal modernisation to develop a reputation as a visitor attraction.

The site is due to open in March 2009.