The houses re opening is a great time of year for me; I get to meet all our volunteers again, and hear their wonderful stories as they enthral our visitors. The buzz that they create really brings the places to life, and this year being the 100th anniversary of the marriage of William & Beatrix gives us even more opportunity to do this.
|a volunteer in Beatrix's Hill Top bedroom helping explain something to one of our visitors|
As visitors go round they will be met by clues that Beatrix and William are closeby, living a normal life and making their plans in the run up to their wedding, for example maybe Beatrix is ready to take a couple of quiet hours and do some painting.
|maybe Beatrix is ready to start a new illustration?|
Not all our houses are open yet of course, Wray Castle is in its final two weeks before opening, and the old adage ‘many hands make like work’ is very true with such a vast site. With a major building repair project now coming to an end at Wray Castle, this year getting ready should be even more of a challenge than last time around...a glimpse at one of Rose's photos of the current 'state of play' there confirms the probable scale of the challenge!!
|yes, this is how the front door of the Castle currently looks!!|
|Paul with hoover|
go to our national volunteering page and follow the 'search for an opportunity' ;
or send an e-mail to paul to find out more.
Find out more about the Wray Castle repairs project at its own dedicated project blog:
link to Rose's excellent castle repairs blog
post by Paul Kear
photos various NT sources