Framlingham guide

Guide to Framlingham Castle

I was rather pleased to come across a card guide for Framlingham Castle issued by the Department of the Environment. It consists a a double-sided piece of card, folded down the middle to make four sides: cover, plan with route, a textual ‘Tour of the Castle’, and then a short ‘Description of the Castle’. The guide also included some line drawings. This seems to have been published in 1977 and sold for 4 p.

Such guides seem to have been replaced by the ubiquitous audio guides. (‘turn left, look up …’) But I can remember the fun of using these guides to explore historic sites … and to begin to understand their importance.

Interestingly the guide was tucked intoF.J.E. Raby’s MPBW guide to Framlingham Castle (1959).

Author: David Gill

David Gill is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History and an Academic Associate in SISJAC at UEA; Professor of Archaeological Heritage.

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