CD#27 – Walking in our visitors’ shoes

Image of Castle courtesy of Murryn MillerSo Spring is here again, and Herstmonceux Castle is ready to open to public once more. This Saturday, 3rd March, will be the first day of the new season.

In celebration of this event, why not refamiliarize yourself with the visitor’s view of the Castle, with a stroll around the gardens and grounds? There is plenty to see as plants start poking their leaves through the soil and animals begin to shake off their winter lethargy – although many have perhaps dived for cover again in this recent cold spell!

And while you’re stretching your legs, why not help Dave Brown in his creation of the Interpretours app? You may remember that Dave did a presentation back in November in which he highlighted how he was creating an interactive map of the Castle for visitors to access on their mobile phones. The project includes identifying points of interest (POIs) around the gardens and grounds, describing them, and creating routes to guide visitors around them in a logical order or, for the more random among us, in any order desired.

If you fancy getting involved in this project (and Dave is calling upon absolutely anyone who is reading this article and has a love of the Castle: staff, faculty, students, friends, visitors…), here are just some of the ways in which you can:

  • Auditing the list of POIs, to spot any that may have been missed;
  • Correcting and updating the descriptions of the POIs. (If you are a seasoned or even budding writer this is your chance to include your own stories about the Castle and its features, including providing photos, documents, and other resources.);
  • Researching individual POIs. (Are you a natural investigator and like rummaging through paperwork? If so, this may be an interesting challenge, and may involve hunting through the BISC Archive!);
  • Field-testing tours (but only if you have an Android phone);
  • Sharing anecdotes, trivia, stories, childhood reminiscences (and even gossip) about the Castle and estate – it’s the human element which makes the Castle’s history after all. History is brought to life by the stories of the people who have lived it, so now is an excellent opportunity to share your stories.

If you want to find out more about the current POIs, the information Dave has gathered to date, wish to become involved in the project or if you have any questions about how to get involved, contact Dave direct on He’ll be more than happy welcome you to the Interpretours project.

And while we are on the subject of helping the Castle in its tourism endeavours, why not pick up a handful of Herstmonceux Castle Gardens & Grounds leaflets from Castle reception and distribute them liberally at your favourite haunts (or just the doctor’s and dentist’s, if all else fails)? It would be great to raise the profile of the Castle among the local and not-so-local community.

Finally, for those of you on social media, please follow and share posts on Facebook. Sir Roger now has his own page (and if you don’t know who ‘Sir Roger’ is, simply check out his page…).

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