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Video necessarily involves large files, which has two immediate consequences:

  • Downloads of video material can be time consuming, and are not practical if you don't have a broadband connection to the internet.
  • They require substantial amounts of storage on our web site, and so we cannot keep many videos there. As more material becomes available, we will have to remove older items, though these will still be available off-line if needed.

To play video material you will need a flash player. This is available free, and you should be automatically prompted to install it if you do not have it already. Please note that in some cases we have found that even after installing the most recent version you will be warned that you need a later edition. In this case, try ignoring the message, and it should play anyway. Aren't computers wonderful?


Archaeological excavation of Area 6B in the 1980's and early 1990's

Area 6BApproximately 9 minutes, 22M. Presenter - Ken Stevens; Video - Douglas T Davies


The Friends of Dudley Castle were founded in July 1989. At that time Area 6B was still being excavated, so a large number of Friends did voluntary work each weekend, learning the skills of archaeology from Steve Linnane, the appointed Castle Archaeologist at the time. This rare footage was taken before the area was re-landscaped in 1994. It shows the then Chairman to The Friends, Ken Stevens, speaking about the site.

A number of edits to the original recording have been necessary to overcome problems which occurred during the original transfer of the material to DVD.

Additional off-line video

Due to limited on-line space for storing video material for direct display from your web browser, we are making some other videos available which can be downloaded and then played locally on your computer. Note that you should not attempt to download these large files unless you have a broadband connection to the internet.

Joan Tyson talks about recording and recreating glass items which were found during excavation at Dudley Castle in the 1980's and early 1990's

This video lasts approximately 11 minutes and is about 44M in size. It is in QuickTime format, so it should be playable on most computers. If you do not have QuickTime installed on your computer, it is available as a free download from the Apple web site for both Apple Macs and Windows PCs. If you are a Linux user, then you should be able to play it using the excellent (and free) VLC program (which is also available for Macs and PCs, and which in at least some cases will play the video better than QuickTime itself).

You can download this video from at this location. Note that the location at which the files are stored is currently (June 2008) rather fussy about which web browsers are used - Internet Explorer currently works, but the latest version of Firefox (3) does not.

The other videos which are available direct on this website can also be downloaded in QuickTime format from the location given above.

To download a video file, select the 'Videos' directory, then double click the downward arrow to the right of the name of the video you want. Once the file has downloaded, double click on the filename (where it is stored will depend on how your web browser is set up), or open the file from within QuickTime or VLC. All videos should be playable on Windows PCs, Apple Macs and Linux machines.