Children design new pin badges for Richmond Castle

Children from St Mary's Roman Catholic School with their certificates.

Children from St Mary’s Roman Catholic School, Richmond Methodist School and Trinity Academy have won a competition to design new pin badges for English Heritage’s Richmond Castle.

The classes all took part in an activity-based session to learn about the history  of the castle, from its beginnings as a power base after the Norman invasion in 1066, through to its use as a prison for conscientious objectors in the First World War and today as a tourist attraction and home for a variety of wildlife.

Armed with the information, children were encouraged to create a design for a pin badge which would reflect the history of the castle.

Staff from Richmond Castle announced a winner and a runner-up from each school.

All winners were presented with certificates, a bag of prizes and free family entry to the castle.

Elements of the winning designs were incorporated into one pin badge which are now stocked in the shop.

Angela Peirson, educational visits officer for English Heritage, said: “We have loved working with the children, watching them engage with the history of this iconic property and then seeing their designs come to life.”

Children from Richmond Methodist School with their certificates.