weoley castle ruins
Weoley Castle ruins | by pindec on Flickr

A local historical site has been shortlisted for a prestigious national heritage award.

The Weoley Castle Ruins project has reached the semi-final stage in the Best Heritage Projects category of the National Lottery Awards. Public voting in the semi-finals opens on Tuesday May 31st.

The ruins at Weoley Castle are over 700 years old and are the remains of the moated medieval manor house that once stood here. The site has been inhabited from the 12th century and, according to the Doomsday Book, was part of the estates of William Fitz Ansculf.

Birmingham City Council completed a £1.14 million facelift on the site last year, after receiving a £500,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant and additional support from English Heritage.

Improvements included; repairing, cleaning and consolidation of the ruins, a new education centre, new CCTV and a new viewing area.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture said, “We could not have completed the work without Lottery support and I’m delighted this remarkable project has reached the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards.

“The Weoley Castle Ruins are one of Birmingham’s hidden gems and I’m delighted we were able to work with partners for this vital work.”

The annual National Lottery Awards recognise the country’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

mac Birmingham at Cannon Hill Park in Edgbaston is also shortlisted in the Best Arts Project category.

Voting for the semi-finals starts at 9am on Tuesday May 31st and ends at midday on Monday 20 June. The three projects in each category with the highest number of votes will go through to the final round of public voting later this summer.

How to vote:

  • For the Weoley Castle project vote online or call 0844 836 9719
  • For mac Birmingham vote online or call 0844 836 9673

(Calls cost no more than 5p from a BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary, calls from mobiles could cost considerably more. Callers are advised to check with their telephone network provider to be certain of the cost. No profit will be made from the cost of the phone vote by The National Lottery)



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