Video necessarily involves large files, which has two immediate
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
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
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.