Lincoln Castle was a strategically significant fortification built on the site of a Roman legionary fort following the Norman Conquest. Within its medieval walls are a little altered Georgian courthouse by Sir Robert Smirke and a complete 18th and 19th century jail containing an extraordinary prison chapel and evocative cell wing.
The site and the jail are opened to the public by Lincolnshire County Council, which displays one of only four copies of Magna Carta here.
Alan Baxter is working with the County Council and Arrol & Snell architects on a major HLF project to provide a new home for Magna Carta, widen visitor access to the jail and to improve access to the castle walls and their magnificent views of the cathedral and city. Our Conservation Plan establishes the framework for the long-term care and presentation of this remarkable place. It is pioneering a new approach to such documents, intended to make them more focussed on the precise circumstances and needs of individual sites, and more strategic in their approach