Chiddingstone Castle is an historic house, accredited museum and an award-winning venue.
Chiddingstone Castle has Tudor origins, Victorian rooms and was remodelled in the 19th century to resemble a medieval castle. It has been owned and lived in by an eclectic mix of people: the Streatfeild family, Lord Astor, military forces during WWII, Long Dene School and the collector Denys Eyre Bower.
In 1955, Bower bought Chiddingstone Castle to house his extensive collections of art and antiquities. His dream was to share his collections with the nation and to preserve them for future generations. After his death in 1977, a charitable trust was set up to honour his wish.
Chiddingstone Castle are providing one work experience placement, where a student can assist the Head of Learning in the delivery of workshops and educational activities.
There will be a second work experience placement focused on estate management, where the student will be tasked with undertaking research into how the castle can increase visitor numbers. The research will be used by the Castle Trustees to inform a business plan. The placement will also cover how the estate is managed and engagement with various contractors.
One student will also have the chance to undertake a research placement with the Curator, undertaking research on the collections, whilst also assisting with both cataloguing and photographing projects.
Lastly, there will be a PR role, focused on promoting the castle’s ‘Japan Festival’ and planning events.