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Funding boost for castle scheme

Lincoln castle
The castle will house one of only four copies of the Magna Carta

A multi-million pound redevelopment of Lincoln Castle has moved a step closer after an early funding boost.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has given the county council's 6m bid initial approval and it can now go for more detailed consideration.

The project, which has a budget of more than 15m, would see a new exhibition centre, visitor workshops and the completion of the wall walk.

The council was also awarded more than 250,000 to develop the bid.

A decision is expected in 2011.

Lincoln's copy of the Magna Carta would be moved to the new exhibition centre in the current court building.

The Grade II* listed castle prison will also be improved with new exhibition spaces.

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