News: Writing Is On The Wall For History Hunters
Friday, 25th June 2004
Graffiti left by people awaiting execution is the focus of a special talk at Lancaster Castle.
The Castle's 2004 series of 'Hidden History' talks begins on Friday 2 July (7.30pm) when local historian Colin Penny PhD presents "Vindication or Vandalism" - a tale of persecution, betrayal and death.
This fascinating insight looks at graffiti dating back over 250 years that was found in cells in various parts of the Castle, some of which has not been seen by the public for more than 50 years.
The highlight will be graffiti almost certainly left by people who were hanged, as well as people sent to Australia whose descendants are still alive today.
"Vindication or Vandalism" discusses the motivation behind the graffiti and its value as a historical resource left by men and women from all classes of society - the wealthy, trades-people working on the building, prisoners and those who judged them.
Tickets, priced at £5 for adults and £3.50 for concessions, are available from the Shire Hall at Lancaster Castle.
Telephone 01524 64998 for further details.
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