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Keep it Christmas!

Have you considered getting your Nana a Scabbard for Christmas?

As part of the incredible, never-before-attempted-in-900-years regeneration of the medieval  Castle Keep (you can find out more here!), Norwich Castle has launched a public campaign - #KeepGiving - to raise much needed funds to bring this palatial residence of Norman kings back to life. Once achieved the result will be the conservation of one of Europe’s most important 12th century buildings at the heart of one of its most complete medieval cities.

Part of this campaign is the ‘Keep Adopting’ scheme; a novel and unusual scheme that enables you to adopt various medieval objects, each one a unique piece of Norwich’s history – we love this idea and will be putting it to good use this Christmas for the person that has everything (and we all have one of those in our life!). Plus, if you’re not the most talented person when it comes to gift wrapping, this could be the answer to your prayers…

But it’s not just a novel idea for people who are difficult to buy for. For lovers of the Castle, local history, or the city in general, an adoption would make an ideal Christmas gift. Not only would it make a really unusual thing to open on the big day, but it would also make a huge difference to the vital work needed to resurrect this precious Norwich icon. Once the castle has achieved its £13.5m target, visitors will have access to all 5 floors of Norwich Castle, from battlement to basement – each level magnificently recreated to its former medieval glory, and complete with incredible new activities and digital experiences.  



What will you get?

Depending on the type of adoption you go for, you will be entitled to free tickets to visit your object at the Castle, images of your object to use, invitations to a special event in Spring, plus an exclusive curator led talk about your object.


So what can you adopt? From a medieval Oyster Paint Palette, to a Bollock Dagger, to an actual Cannon, read on ...


The Falchion Sword – £25

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Norwich’s very own Excalibur, this early 14th century sword was found in the river Yare at Thorpe St Andrew. Featuring mythical monsters engraved on its brass pommel, this is a great gift for lovers of myths and legends.



The Bollock Dagger - £25

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A versatile dagger carried by all social classes, this medieval weapon was also used as a domestic knife. This would be a wonderful gift for any foodie, forager or simply the person you know with plenty of fighting spirit.



A Cannon - £750

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It’s not a shower gel gift set, and it’s not socks, but it is a cannon. Definitely not your usual Christmas gift, this breech-loading cannon – found near Lowestoft – would make a very special, very unique object to adopt for someone. 



Oyster Shell Red Palette - £30

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This medieval paint palette was found during excavations for the Millennium Library at the Forum! This incredibly rare item is an ideal present for artists and creative groups (and maybe someone who’s just a big fan of red!).



Scabbard and Buckle - £25

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Not necessarily the normal item you’d pick up at Castle Mall, this medieval scabbard was found during excavations for the shopping centre. It’s beautifully decorated and engraved, and would be absolutely fascinating to view up close.


So, if you’re reading this blog when you should be battling the cold and the crowds looking for the perfect wok to replace you mum’s old one, then maybe you should consider getting her a sword instead. She certainly wouldn’t expect it, and you’ll be able to make an enormous difference not just right now, but into the future too. Norwich Castle has been at the very centre of this ancient city for a thousand years, and now is our time to play a part in its story. 

A sword is way more exciting than a wok anyway.

Shop medieval items here, or pop into the Castle Shop to pick up your own, very special 'Keepsakes'!




Greater Anglia has Advance fares from £10 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.

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To plan a Christmas trip to Norwich visit our website!