For centuries Hartlebury Castle was Worcestershire’s powerful centre, founded in the struggle against Viking invaders and developed by the political, the intellectual and the wise.
Our aim is to make the Castle, Hurd Library, Collections of the Museum and Castle, and Gardens into an integrated visitor destination. We will work in formal partnerships with Worcestershire Country Council and Museums Worcestershire to:
- improve facilities to better share the Castle, Hurd Library, Collections and Gardens with existing and new visitors,
- increase interpretation of Hartlebury, the Hurd Library and Worcestershire through the creation of new displays,
- create opportunities for learning, participation and heritage skills training,
- provide volunteer opportunities for children and adults,
- involve local communities and specialists in the site’s future,
- deliver a sustainable business plan to manage Hartlebury Castle.
We will make the history, culture, beauty, and architectural significance of Hartlebury Castle accessible for local people, visitors from the County and wider Diocese of Worcester, tourists to the area, and researchers, national and international.
In March 2015 the Trust purchased Hartlebury Castle with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
In 2015 the Trust will arrange special tours and access to parts of the Castle and grounds that have not previously been available to the public. In 2016 major works within the Bishops House, including restoring the Long Gallery and installing a new lift to serve the Hurd Library and upper floors, will be completed. In 2017 the restoration will be complete.The Castle will be ready to grow into a major visitor attraction for Worcestershire.
In ten years Hartlebury could once again be Worcestershire’s historical powerhouse attracting over 100,000 visitors per year.
Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust
Company No: 6779241
Charity No: 1127871