Sunday, 12 June 2016


The Great Gatehouse of Battle Abbey, built on the site of the Battle of HastingsA new exhibition inside the Great Gatehouse will explore the lead up, location and legacy of the battle including a blow by blow account of the day itself, from dawn to dusk.  New interpretation will also be installed in the visitor centre and across the battlefield.
The project is just one part of English Heritage’s programme – ‘1066: Year of the Normans’ – to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings next year.
Kate Mavor, English Heritage’s Chief Executive, said: “The Battle of Hastings was a decisive hinge on which English history turned, defining the country’s political, social and geographical landscape for centuries to come. English Heritage will mark the 950th anniversary of the Norman Conquest with an exciting programme of events and activities throughout the year. Central to this will be our re-presentation of the most famous battlefield in England.”English Heritage’s conservation team will soon start work on the Great Gatehouse, one of the most significant examples of its type in England, combining both early Norman and 14th-Century architectural features. Repairs are being made to the masonry, ensuring the turrets and roof are both wind and weather tight to protect the interiors and enable visitors to stand on the roof.  Early investigations have already uncovered two forgotten staircases, leading up to rooms high up within the gatehouse’s turrets. The use of these remains a mystery to curators – possibly secure treasuries – but will be subject to further research that may shed new light on later uses of the building.
This year’s re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings will take place on Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 October. For more details about it and 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, visit
For news of English Heritage and its ‘1066: Year of the Normans’ programme, follow English Heritage on twitter @EnglishHeritage or visit our website,

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