cash boost for £3.5m project at Pontefract Castle

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Pontefract Castle is set to receive its latest grant to support a £3.5 million project to breathe new life into the landmark ruins.

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

Coun Les Shaw, of Wakefield Council, 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.”

Coun Shaw added: “The new exhibition displays will be of high quality and offer visitors the opportunity to see a number of artefacts relating to the castle.”

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the project £3.05m in July and additional funding is set to come from English Heritage and Wakefield Council.

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