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Abbey gets revamp to show eye on past

A 12th century Augustinian abbey in Shropshire is to be revamped by an English Heritage scheme.

A 12th century Augustinian abbey in Shropshire is to be revamped by an English Heritage scheme.

Haughmond Abbey, near Shrewsbury, is a ruined abbey set against the side of Haughmond Hill, which is terraced up the side of the hill in a series of steps.

The abbey is to benefit from a new museum display and site graphics, which will make it easier for visitors to navigate their way around the ruins and explain how the abbey looked in its hey-day and its role in the life of medieval Shropshire.

The graphics will also tell visitors about monastic life and how the abbey was used by the canons who lived there.

The site museum is to have a display of 12th century objects such as jewellery, pottery and stonework. It will show sculptures, tiles and floor coverings from the interior of the abbey.

Panels will describe the story of Haughmond Abbey up to the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII.

Mark Badger, English Heritage's Head of Visitor Operations, said: "With its stunning location and views over the site of the Battle of Shrewsbury, Haughmond Abbey is one of Shropshire's most beautiful religious sites.

"This is the first site graphics scheme we've had at Haughmond and it is sure to make a visit to the site a much more enjoyable and informative experience for visitors."

The new scheme will be open to the public in time for the Bank Holiday at the end of May.

Haughmond Abbey will be open seven days a week, from 10am until 6pm, throughout June, July and August.

Tickets priced £2.60 for adults and £1.30 for children, under-fives and English Heritage members free of charge.

 

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