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.

July 2017

Beckstone Primary win Schools Visit competition

2017-07-30T12:26:04+00:00 Hot News, Castle Curators Diary|

Every year we award a prize for the best body of work created by a school during or following their visit to Muncaster. In 2017 this was won by Beckstone Primary School for their work related to their Dragon's Tale tour at Muncaster, with their own dragon helping them find out more about the Castle [...]

June 2017

Muncaster on the TV

2017-07-07T14:48:22+00:00 Building Manager's Blog, Hot News, Castle Curators Diary, Latest News, Press and Media|

Muncaster is featuring in a fly-on-the-wall documentary for Channel 4. This was filmed over 2016 and is being screened on More4 from July 4th at 9pm. Images of Muncaster and the area show up throughout the series but look out for Muncaster particularly in these three episodes; July 11th is about the restoration of the [...]

May 2017

Collection of letters to Sir John Ramsden – British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force – World War 1.

2017-07-07T14:48:23+00:00 Castle Curators Diary|

We are currently transcribing a group of letters sent to Sir John Ramsden while serving in the 1/1 Norfolk Yeomanry, Eastern Mounted Brigade, British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. The dates of the letters range from 1915 - 1916, while Sir John was stationed in Egypt and are mainly from his wife, Lady Joan Ramsden.  Over the following [...]

Continuing archival work at Muncaster Castle

2017-07-07T14:48:23+00:00 Castle Curators Diary|

Our exciting and interesting work has been continuing over the past couple of months after we have reopened to daily visitors. Our main priority is to ensure that our visitors have an enjoyable and informative visit to the Castle, however we are also able to continue our various archival works that includes cataloguing, transcribing and [...]

Volunteer at Muncaster in 2017!

2017-07-07T14:48:58+00:00 Building Manager's Blog, Hot News, Castle Curators Diary, Falconers Diary, Gardener's Diary, Latest News|

The last 12 months have been amazing, exciting and extremely rewarding but we could never have achieved so much progress without the help of our fabulous Volunteers. In the Castle itself, because of the gift of their time, Volunteers have been able to help catalogue, transcribe, research and conserve the artefacts of Muncaster. We are [...]

February 2017

Rocking Horse Renovations

2017-07-07T14:48:58+00:00 Castle Curators Diary, Latest News|

Here is Angela the amazing upholsterer, who has been working on various upholstery projects at the Castle over the last while, doing more amazing heritage restoration work on one of several antique rocking horses here. Originally designed to teach children how to ride, this one is very old. It was in poor repair having [...]

Volunteer Week 6th-10th March

2017-07-07T14:48:59+00:00 Castle Curators Diary, Latest News|

Just a heads-up that we're having a Volunteer Week during w/c 6th March, for current volunteers and for anyone who's interested to come along and meet us. This is for spring-cleaning mostly, ahead of the Castle opening for the main season. Please contact Bron or Sharon at the Castle (01229 717614 or via info[at]

November 2016

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

2017-07-07T14:49:32+00:00 Castle Curators Diary|

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, [...]