Berkhamsted Castle is a “heritage hotspot” in English history – it is where the Anglo-Saxon nobles surrendered to William the Conqueror after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Although not well known as a visitor attraction, it has a surprisingly rich history, having been home to noted historic figures such as Thomas Becket, Geoffrey Chaucer and Edward the Black Prince. The website has been conceived as a vehicle for raising the profile of Berkhamsted Castle, promoting its history and helping the Berkhamsted Castle Trust to raise support and funds to improve the visitor experience.
The site covers a range of topics, including an interactive timeline, noteworthy personalities of the past and articles about historic events. It is set up to encourage exploration by showing the links between historic figures, events and other historic locations in England and continental Europe, engaging users with the often surprising links between people, events and places. Visitors to the castle can also enrich their experience with a mobile-friendly interactive guide to the castle ruins, and embedded videos of historic events provide a media-rich user expereince.
The Berkhamsted Castle website has been developed with the support of English Heritage, the Duchy of Cornwall and the Berkhamsted Local History and Museum Society.