For prospective brides, grooms and their families.

Hartlebury Castle will be hosting its first ever Bridal Fashion Show on Sunday 28th September 2014.

The Show will form part of the Castle’s forthcoming autumn wedding fayre, which will take place in the former Bishop’s Palace and State Rooms from 11.00am to 3pm.

Bridal Fayre. More details.


Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust with support from partners Worcestershire County Council and Museums Worcestershire, submitted a round two bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund on Friday 20 June 2014.

The five volume detailed bid weighed 56 lbs (25kgm), it would have been twice that had it not been printed on both sides of each page!

If successful this bid will enable the Trust to buy the Hartlebury Castle with its surrounding 43 acres of parkland and embark on programs for conservation and activities.

Detailed business, conservation and activities plans have been developed with the help of a round one Heritage Lottery Fund award in support of the ongoing efforts to secure the future of this important heritage site.

The submission will now be scrutinised by Heritage Lottery Fund and its Trustees and they will announce their decision at the end of September. The Trust hopes then to complete the purchase from the Church Commissioners by the end of this year.


Consultation is taking place to gather feedback on our plans for the future development of Hartlebury Castle. It will enable our members, volunteers, local people, and others with links to the Castle and the County Museum to look at the emerging ideas for Hartlebury, to have their say, and to ask any questions they may have of our project team.

The consultation is being run by Morris Hargreaves McIntyre, a market research consultancy. Morris Hargreaves McIntyre has been commissioned by Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust and Museums Worcestershire to undertake research that will help support our Round II bid for to the Heritage Lottery Fund to acquire and improve Hartlebury Castle.

More on our plans.


News from the Worcestershire Historical Society –  a new book  publishes details of the moral and spiritual failings of Hartlebury folk!








Worcestershire Historical Society New Series Volume 24. Pp. 299, hardback. Maps, Photographs.

Expertly edited by the late James P. Toomey, the Household Account of the duke of York provides us with a detailed insight into life at Hanley Castle in the early 15th century. We learn what those who lived in the castle ate and drank, how they sourced their foodstuffs and other provisions, and how an upper-class household was run five centuries before ‘Downton Abbey’!

The Hartlebury Court Book has been edited by Robert N. Swanson, a leading authority on the late medieval church. It is the record of a church court, at which the moral and spiritual failings of Hartlebury folk (including absence from church on feast days, adultery and fornication), were judged and punished. The volume includes scholarly Introductions, Maps and full Indexes of names and subjects.

Price: £28.00  + p+p (£21 to members of the Worcestershire Historical Society)

To order a copy  contact the Society’s Publications Officer Robin Whittaker.

Jan 052014

“The Winter 2013 issue of History West Midlands, is entitled ‘The Word in the West Midlands’. It explores ways in which the word has been produced, transmitted and preserved throughout the West Midlands from the past to the present. It also looks at how observers or writers have portrayed the region in their writings.”

Please see link below for articles including a piece by Hartlebury Castle’s Hurd Librarian Chris Penney Richard Hurd: Bishop and Bibliophile


Working together

The latest Newsletter of the Friends of Hartlebury Castle and the Hurd Library shows how the trustees of Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust and the team at Museums Worcestershire, are consulting closely with the Friends on the future of the Castle.

The newsletter also provide details of three fundraising events at the Castle, a Quiz Night, 1000 Years of Christmas and our very popular Burns Night Supper. Also, the latest news from Chris Penney, the Hon Hurd Librarian.

And finally. A big Thank You to all the Friends volunteers.

FHCHL Newsletter 14 October 2013 FINAL

This document explains the relationship between the Friends and the Trust.

Friends HC&HL FAQs



This weekend Worcestershire Young Archaeologists Club (@WorcsYAC) dug test pits at Hartlebury Castle. In the front of the picture you can see the carefully removed turfs which will be put back at the end of the dig.

The archaeologists found pieces of medieval pottery during the two day dig. They also believe they found the edge of the carriage drive which originally went up the centre of what is now the carriage circle.

Thanks to Sheena Payne-Lunn (@SheenaPayneLunn) for the pic.


We are seeking to recruit additional trustees to strengthen our Board

Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust (HCPT) has been formed with the aim to save HartleburyCastle and Estate for the public. In April 2013 we were awarded £413,700 by the Heritage Lottery Fund as round one development funding in support of our efforts to secure HartleburyCastle’s future as a heritage site that will benefit the local area and serve as a major attraction for visitors from around the UK and beyond. HCPT is preparing a round two application to HLF for submission in 2014. The round two bid will include the funding required to purchase the Castle, repair and fit it out and improve the grounds. The end result will be improved public access and a sustainable future for Hartlebury.

We are seeking trustees with any of following skills:

  • Marketing & PR (especially local media contacts, website management).
  • Education & learning.
  • Running a visitor attraction.
  • Building preservation & conservation.
  • Gardens & grounds restoration.
  • HR and/or volunteer management


  • Enable HCPT to saving a significant heritage & cultural asset for the people of Worcestershire.
  • Contribute your skills & experience to a charitable trust.
  • Professional development & networking opportunities.

Tasks Include:

  • Attend HCPT monthly meetings.
  • Work with the Chair & Trustees to deliver the aims and objectives of HCPT.
  • Represent HCPT at events.

Time Commitment:

  • Monthly meeting (2 hrs) plus preparation.
  • AGM (3 hours).
  • Time to use your specialist skills to help HCPT meet its aims, in particular in helping us complete processes towards a round two HLF bid.

Personal Qualities:

We will ensure that the Board includes people with personal qualities and skills including communication, delegation, networking, and creative problem solving. We want people who are optimistic and realistic with a desire to keep HartleburyCastle alive for public use and benefit.

Recruitment Process:

Submit CV and statement on why you like to join the Board to our chair Paul Mountain.      

Trustees are required to join HCPT (£10 annually).

Hartlebury Trustee recruitment information (pdf)

Aug 232013

Hartlebury Castle features on BBC1′s Escape to the Country in an episode on Worcestershire. Next Tuesday. August 27th at 3pm.

BBC1 Escape to the Country

Aug 142013

A short briefing note on Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust and our mission to save Hartlebury Castle for the public.

Find out who we are, all about our successes so far, and how you can help.

HCPT Briefing – August 2013 (pdf)

More on our plans