2021

8th October 2021

Visiting the Castle as a Group

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5th August 2021

The Stained Glass Studio

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24th June 2021

A Window To The Past

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31st March 2021

From Surveyor to Salvage Volunteer

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22nd February 2021

‘Dear Diary’ – by Student Fleur

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8th February 2021

A bride’s perspective on getting married at Highcliffe Castle

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14th January 2021

‘Phoenix Flies’ July 2018 to December 2018

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  The second half of 2018 saw the completion of the final exciting stages of the project, after which the builders Greendale finished their work and left the site. Although we were sorry to see them go, we were looking forward to getting everything prepared ready to welcome back visitors once again. Below you can see some of the highlights from that time.

July 2018

Workman working on restoring the old servants staircase

Restoring the servants’ staircase

This month saw the new East Wing staircase erected. Only a few of the original stone steps survived in the basement, so these were made sound before being connected to new wooden steps, replacing the original stone staircase which would have continued up to the first floor.

August 2018

Window with ornate metal screen overlooking gravel and lawns

Raising windows

In the new Reading Room the existing windows were raised in height and a steel weatherproof panel was inserted at floor level. This was necessary due to the installation of the underfloor heating which created a thicker floor which therefore would have interfered with the opening of the doors.

September 2018

Newly installed white kitchen units against exposed brickwork wall.

Time for a cuppa!

A very exciting update for our volunteer team was the installation of the new kitchen space, as this was to become their new break area, providing a welcome place to refresh and recharge after looking after our visitors.

The finishing touches were to include the counter top and doors which were installed later in the month.

 

October 2018

Preparation for new flooring being laid

New flooring

Flooring was put down in the Activity and Learning Space. This room would be used for a whole host of activities including school groups, children’s crafts and adult art classes among others. The flooring is hardwearing, waterproof and easily cleaned so that it is fit for the purpose of the room.

 

December 2018

Pair of heavy oak internal doors surrounded by old plasterwork

Finishing touches

New wooden doors, in keeping with the style of doors in the older part of the Castle, were fitted in the room which was to become the Owners’ Gallery. Below the door, you can see a glass flooring  panel, which allows visitors to see the old flooring joists and foundations of the building. This room now forms part of the new visitor centre and tells the story of the many owners of the Castle.

As works drew to a close, the hoarding and Greendale site office were removed, and the area was returned to gravel and grass.

Below you can see some of the finished rooms which were completed with interpretation by designers Smith and Jones and audio visual elements created by Audionation, all installed with the help of Setworks who lead the fit out.

Some of the transformed rooms

Owners’ Gallery

Victorian Kitchen

Fire Gallery

Castle Shop

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