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


Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust wishes to appoint Independent Consultant(s) as their Principal Advisers to support their development of a major historic building and cultural destination.

HCPT has been awarded development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake a full project technical and business case. A bid for full funding is to be made in Spring 2014. It will show how HCPT intends to conserve and enhance Hartlebury’s unique buildings and grounds, how it will improve accessibility, and how it will secure an environmentally and economically sustainable future for the whole.

The £5.5m project, for which £4.5m funding support will be required, includes the purchase of the Castle and its immediate Estate, upgrading and reconfiguring, interpretation of collections and history, developing staff structures and training and developing heritage skills and conservation programmes.

HCPT is working with Worcestershire County Council and Museums Worcestershire and will in due course form a joint, not-for-profit, community facing Company with HCPT to own and steward the Project.

Briefly, the roles are:

  • Project Director, with experience and expertise in heritage-based event management, asset development and management and associated financial and PR skills;
  • Project Manager, with experience to lead and co-ordinate other consultants in terms of technical, legal, financial and managerial outputs.
  • Cost Consultant, with experience to provide cost management and quantity surveyor services for the scheme.

These appointments are intended to last for the duration of the project; the successful candidates will be retained through to the project delivery phase in the event of the Stage 2 bid succeeding.

HCPT Brief & PQQ Project Director

HCPT Brief & PQQ Technical Project Manager

HCPT Brief & PQQ Cost Consultant 

Accordingly, expressions of interest are invited from suitably qualified and experienced consultancies within the above categories.

Our Aims and Vision

Review our plans

Parties wishing to participate are asked to return the completed Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ word version) together with short capacity statements and other material by no later than 9 August 2013.