Hay Castle has been awarded a £4.46 million Heritage Lottery grant!
The money will be used to consolidate the ruinous part of the castle, restore the mansion part, re-open the medieval gateway with access to the Town Square, create a museum-standard gallery inside the mansion, with an educational space and cafe, and flexible spaces for use by the community. They still need to raise match funding of £900,000 for work to begin in 2017.
And starting today, archaeologists Peter Dorling and Dai Williams are digging up the castle lawns in a series of test pits. I'm going to be going along on Friday as a volunteer, which should be interesting - it's a long time since I last jumped down into a trench to wield my trowel!