1) An article about the Longtown Castles Project and its relevance to the Mortimers was published in the Mortimer History Society’s online magazine, Mortimer Matters in September. To see it, just search for “Mortimer Matters”.
2) Neil and Martin have rewritten the English Heritage website entry for Longtown Castle. It’s a great improvement on what was there before. The Longtown & District Historical Society gets a mention and there is a link to the Longtown Castles Project website.
3) English Heritage has asked us to help with a film they are doing on community involvement with local heritage. The sites they selected are Winchester Palace in London, Hadrian’s Wall and Longtown Castle. Longtown is definitely punching above its weight at the moment.
4) The leaflets on the castle and a historic walk around Longtown have been a huge success this summer, with both tourists and locals. They were available from a dispenser at the castle, at Hopes of Longtown and from local pubs, B&Bs, campsites, etc. Nearly a thousand copies were printed but they have nearly all gone, so we are organising a reprint.
5) Neil and Martin are working on publishing the results of the Longtown Castles Project. As well as the booklet, The Mystery and History of Longtown’s Two Castles, (available at Hopes of Longtown and LDHS), we are submitting articles for publication to the Woolhope Club Transactions and Britannia. A full-length book is planned for next year.