Richmond Castle Cells

Work has started on conservation works to the external fabric of the 19th century Cell Block at Richmond Castle following confirmation of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which was featured on national news earlier in the year. Graffiti created by prisoners and others from the First World War onwards line the internal walls but these are fragile in nature and are being put at risk due to the internal environmental conditions. This is the first stage in a two year project which includes associated work by specialists in the conservation of historic painted surfaces who will treat the areas of lime wash most at risk of loss both during the works to the external envelope and during the period of drying out that will follow.

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