A 24hr hackathon in celebration of local data in Lancaster.
Explore, interpret and make using newly released local archaeological, historical and social data.

Your City Needs You!

Coders and
Designers and
We are seeking creative individuals and teams to invent ways of exploring the past and the future.


Heritage &

Unlock the past with new interpretations of Lancaster's history.

Health &

Enhance Lancaster Castle and the surrounding park for leisure and exercise.

Games &

Enable creativity through play with games, experiments and fun things.

Art &

Find ways to make data engaging and beautiful for everyone.

Available Data

Urban Archaeological Database

English Heritage
  • Historical Mapping
  • Buildings and Structures
  • Drawing and Documents
  • Artefacts and Finds
  • Past Excavations
  • Historical Imagery

Geophysical Survey Data

Oxford Archaeology
  • Magnetometry
  • Ground Penetrating Radar
  • Resistivity


Lancashire County Council
  • Transport Infrastructure
  • Crime and Census Data
  • Public Services

Social Data

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Flickr


Most Innovative Hack

Awarded for the most novel use of existing technologies and platforms with local data.

Most Beautiful Data

Awarded for the best representation of local data, or for the best visual design.

History in the Present

Awarded for making historical data about Lancaster relevant to its citizens today.
A prize of £400 will accompany each of the 3 main awards, plus additional prizes of gadgets and geek toys for the runners up.

Event Details

Saturday 29th Nov

NoonStart of Hacking
1pmData Orientation & Ideation
2pmNew Team Formation (as required)
10pmPizza Hour (by NICE Restaurant)
MidnightHalf way prizes

Sunday 30th Nov

3amThe 3am Challenge
6amHigh Energy Breakfast
11amTeam Presentations
NoonEnd of Hacking & Awards Ceremony
The hackathon takes place over 24 hours in A-wing, Lancaster Castle.
Food, drink, clean 240v power and broadband with redundancy provided.

Public Exhibition

In parallel with Hack Lancaster, a public exhibition of archaeological data is being held in A-wing at the weekend. There will also be a maker workshop for families running on Sunday.
More details are available at beyondthecastle.org


Beyond the Castle

Beyond the Castle aims to improve the urban green space around Lancaster Castle down to the quayside, and enhance connections across the site and through to the City Centre.
In 2014 with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund we are focusing on the historic importance of the site with events aimed at preserving and understanding archaeology.

The Creative Exchange

Hack Lancaster event is supported by The Creative Exchange, an AHRC-funded Knowledge Exchange project based out of ImaginationLancaster, at Lancaster University. CX is aimed at exploring the idea of Digital Public Space and unlocking closed public data for everyone to benefit from.