Castle Curators Diary

What’s happening in the Castle – collections news, archive work, special exhibition updates, preparations for celebrations and private parties – the Castle team’s work is varied to say the least. Find out what’s new, what makes up our day – and what makes our day – here.

November 2016

Update: Volunteer Week at Muncaster Castle & Taster Afternoon Taster Afternoon. Sunday 20th November – Friday 25th November

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We have just completed a superb week working with our amazing volunteers. The week commenced on Sunday 20th November when we welcomed some National Trust Volunteers from Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's Farmhouse at Near Sawry.  They enjoyed a tour of the castle conducted by Peter Frost-Pennington, a two course lunch served in the Billiard Room, [...]

October 2016

Volunteer Taster Afternoon 23rd Nov 12-3pm

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On Wednesday 23rd November we would like to invite you to Muncaster Castle for a Volunteer Taster Afternoon, to find out more about the amazing volunteer opportunities we have to offer. You can meet our Volunteer Co-ordinator plus representatives from the Hawk & Owl Centre, the Gardens and the Castle to hear more about our [...]

Tales of Haunted Muncaster . . .

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Part 3: This extract from our "Ghost Log" are comments made by a group taking part in a Ghost Sit. "We started our stay with the tour and stories around the grounds.  Fiona saw an orb in the summer house.  While in the Guard Room, we heard a man's voice shout "Ha!" very clearly.  All [...]

Tales of Haunted Muncaster . . .

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Part 2. This extract from our "Ghost Log" are comments made by a group taking part in a Ghost Sit. "Our evening tour was magical!  It was a cold, crisp and frosty night.  The sky was beautiful with millions of stars shining bright. Overall once in our sleeping bags inside the Tapestry Room we had [...]

Tales of Haunted Muncaster …

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Part 1. This extract from our "Ghost Log" are comments made by a group taking part in a Ghost Sit. "Well we all sat in the dark trying to make some form of contact with any spirits that may have been lingering around.  At first we were all joking and not taking things to seriously, [...]

Halloween is coming!

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Today we welcome to Muncaster Castle 1st year Drama Students from Cumbria University who will spend the next couple of weeks creating, developing and performing our Castle Halloween Tours which commence on Wednesday 26th October and will run until our last day on Monday 31st October. To set the scene, for each day of our Halloween Events [...]

Aren’t we the lucky ones!

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What a busy September we have had here in the Castle with a number of weddings, dinner parties and a visit by a group of ladies hosted by Phillipa Turnbull on their Lady Anne Textile Retreat.  The ladies were able to view some of Muncaster's fabulous Crewel Work collection and other extraordinary embroideries we have here a [...]

September 2016

NADFAS authorise volunteer project

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Just to follow on from our earlier post... We also had a group of volunteers from NADFAS ( National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies). We have just heard from NADFAS that they have authorised these Heritage Volunteers to partake in an ongoing  Care of Collections Volunteer Project whilst we work towards Accreditation. Angela Butcher, [...]

Extracts from the Diary of the Hon, Josslyn F. Pennington – Part 6

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This diary extract is regarding a Sunday afternoon:- "Went down to Kingstown, full of Sunday people swelling about in their best raiment.  Insulted Wolesley grievously by passing him by without speaking ... ... Saw Persse and Wolesley bathe in the sea; what a great bullet hole in him, got in Burmah.  A lion to fight he [...]

Extract from the Diary of the Hon. Josslyn F. Pennington – Part 5

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This extract from the diary is on his early progress in the 90th Light Infantry:- "I am now quite a Military gent, swagger and all.  Hate the Cavalry (Plungers) ... ... Moustache coming on nicely, black as jet (shall look very HANDSOME I expect)."