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Visitors next summer to the Battle of Hastings battlefield will – for the first time – be able to get a bird’s-eye-view of the landscape on which the most famous battle on English soil was fought, English Heritage announced today. As part of its re-presentation of the 1066 site, English Heritage will open up the roof of the Great Gatehouse of William the Conqueror’s abbey – founded where King Harold died – giving visitors a whole new perspective on arguably the most important battle in English history.

A new exhibition inside the Great Gatehouse will explore the lead up, location and legacy of the battle including a blow by blow account of the day itself, from dawn to dusk.  New interpretation will also be installed in the visitor centre and across the battlefield.

The project is just one part of English Heritage’s programme – ‘1066: Year of the Normans’ – to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings next year.

Kate Mavor, English Heritage’s Chief Executive, said: “The Battle of Hastings was a decisive hinge on which English history turned, defining the country’s political, social and geographical landscape for centuries to come. English Heritage will mark the 950th anniversary of the Norman Conquest with an exciting programme of events and activities throughout the year. Central to this will be our re-presentation of the most famous battlefield in England.”

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