Ever wanted to be the King or Queen of your own castle? Well, this week with us at Nottingham Castle, you can! William the Conqueror began to build Nottingham Castle over 900 years ago. He intended the fortress to be invincible and a symbol of his power. Over the next 400 years, up until the Tudors came to the throne, Nottingham Castle was updated and expanded by the medieval kings.
We want you to try your hand as a medieval master-craftsman and build us a castle of you own!
It could be from Lego or other building sets or from recycled materials, like the ones above. Medieval castles created loads of things that need recycling from stones from the walls to the things that went down the garderobe (a medieval toilet!), which would be collected by a local gong farmer! Now that’s a job you don’t want when you grow up!
Then, get someone to share your finished castle with us on social media using the hashtag #NottmHeritageHunters or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be an extra special prize for the best one and their family!
If you need a little castle engineering inspiration English Heritage have created this easy to follow build your own guide – but we want you to be creative. If your castle needs a pet dolphin, like Ivy and Jaiah from Sherwood’s did – see the fantastic picture below, then why not?!
If you want to think about what makes the ultimate medieval castle, maybe check out this article from History Extra about how to select a location, design and build your supreme citadel. And, to see how this has been happening in real life over in France, you can read this piece looking at the work in Guédelon, where they are building a genuine castle using medieval techniques! We also especially like Guédelon as their motto is we learn by doing! In tricky times, like the one we’re in now, learning by doing new things is one of the best things we can do.
Stay safe and happy castle building!