New grant for Pontefract Castle



Pontefract Castle has successfully applied for another grant to support its £3.5 million Key to the North project.

The Wolfson Foundation has awarded up to £39,000 towards the costs of the exhibitions displays which will be in the new visitor centre.

The Wolfson Foundation is an independent charity that awards grants to support and promote excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health and disability, education and the arts and humanities. 

 Cllr Les Shaw, Portfolio holder for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "We are delighted with this award and appreciate the decision of the Foundation's Board of Trustees to make the award to Pontefract Castle.

 "The new exhibition displays will be of high quality and offer visitors the opportunity to see a number of artefacts relating to the castle.  These will include siege coins, a carriage wheel and a grenado dating back to the Civil Wars."

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, said: "The Wolfson Foundation is very pleased to be supporting Pontefract Castle through the exciting 'Key to the North' project. This will help bring to life the rich history of the building, and continues our long standing investment in excellent projects across the Wakefield area."

 The Heritage Lottery fund (HLF) awarded the project £3.05 million in July and additional funding is from English Heritage (£310k) and Wakefield Council.

 The four key aims of the project are:

  • Removal of Pontefract Castle from the English Heritage At Risk register
  • Increasing participation and involvement
  • Increased opportunities for learning
  • Ensuring the long-term sustainability of the site.