Innovation and ancient culture harmoniously coexist in the UK. And along with the ultramodern buildings, there are the ancient monuments of architecture that are relentlessly taken care of. It turns out that up to our time around seven hundred castles have been rescued here. Many castles, located in different regions, are covered with legends about kings, knights, princesses and dragons. The British constantly allocate resources and curate the state of cultural heritage. Many buildings were returned to their former look. And now they organize excursions and festivals in them and in the surrounding territory.
Volunteering in the oldest castles in the UK
Wentworth Castle (South Yorkshire). Wentworth - the former out-of town residence of Stafford graphs is located in the central part of the country. The castle, built in 1670, survived two reconstructions, the last of which was made in the classicism style. The Wentworth castle has the first degree of historical value, therefore any external changes are not allowed and the use of the building is controlled. Around the castle, recreated the garden and park area was created, which is attributed to the Heritage Foundation (Wentworth Castle Heritage Trust) since 2001.
Severndroog Castle (London). Severndroog is a neo-gothic memorial castle, which Lady James Eltamskaya built in honor of her husband, Commodore Sir William James, who stormed the same name fortress in India in 1755. Castle Severndroog is located on a hill, from where in good weather you can see the seven neighboring counties. In 2003, the Severndroog Castle Building Preservation Trust was established, which helped to save the ancient building from being transferred to private individuals.
Sudeley Castle (Gloucestershire). According to historians, Sudeley Castle was built about a thousand years ago, at the time of King Stephen, the grandson of William the Conqueror. In different epochs, the names of Anna Boleyn, Katerina Parr, the wife of King Henry, Queen Elizabeth I, Lady Jane Gray, the kings of Richard III and Henry VII were associated with the castle. Nowadays, the castle belongs to Lady Elizabeth Ashkob, the widow of Henry Cubbitt, one of the barons of Ashkob (the title in the peerage in the UK). The lady and her family are actively involved in the preservation of the cultural heritage site. Near the building there are nine gardens with individual landscape design. By the way, local residents say that periodically in the castle and in the gardens you can see the ghost of "Lady in Green".
London Tower. Tower is one of the main symbols of the country. The Duke of Edinburgh noted that for the millennial history the building has been a "palace, fortress, a repository of royal jewelry, an observatory, mint, prison and now it is a place that constantly attracts tourists."
Hampton Court Palace. Hampton Court - "English Versailles", a palace and park ensemble, built on the banks of the Thames in 1514. Until 1760 the palace was a royal residence.
Kew Palace. It is three different buildings, of which only one has survived. The "last" palace, was built in 1663, and it is recognized as the smallest building that has the status of the British royal palace. Banquet House. Banquet Hall is a three-story mansion, built in the beginning of the XVII century, for receptions and banquets. It was built in the classicism style with imitation of the ancient Greek architecture.
Kensington Palace. The out-of-town mansion of the Earl of Nottingham is a miniature summer residence of the royal family in London. The mansion in Kensington and Chelsea is now the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Since the XVII century, the palace has repeatedly changed its style and interior decoration. One of the most interesting attractions is the royal stairs with beautiful paintings on the walls.
Volunteering. Volunteers take part in various processes: help in arranging exhibition halls, organizing events, take care of the garden and park area, work at the reception, tour guide assistants, organization of fundraising events, work in a cafe where volunteers provide friendly hosting to all visitors of the castles. Also here there are other vacancies, among which: the driver of a golf cart that helps visitors with disabilities. Volunteers are not required to make any contributions, but they have to provide food and accommodation for themselves. Experience is not required. For the productive help bonuses are given: covering transportation costs from the place of residence (up to 5 pounds per day), free entrance for members of the volunteer`s family and discounts at the cafe of the castle.
Here are some interesting opportunities for young historians, people interested in ancient architecture, and also for those who are close to art and want to take part in preserving the monuments of culture of past centuries.