The work of Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust was firmly in focus during a visit to the stately home by the Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid.
The Minister toured the castle and met Trust members on Friday (13 March) following an invitation from Sir Peter Luff, MP for Mid Worcestershire. It comes after the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a £5 million grant to secure the future of Hartlebury Castle and Museum.
The castle houses the county museum and the Hurd Library, a collection of 5,000 volumes ranging in date from 1476 to the early 19th Century. The collection includes more than 40 volumes from the library of Alexander Pope.
The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture Media & Sport, said: "I very much enjoyed my visit to Hartlebury Castle and Museum and it was a pleasure meeting the incredibly dedicated and knowledgeable team. I am delighted that Hartlebury Castle's future has been secured with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund. "
Reyahn King, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, said:" Hartlebury Castle was home to the Bishops of Worcester for 1000 years and, with its distinctive architecture, it’s a special place. I am delighted that the Secretary of State and Sir Peter were able to be with us to celebrate the HLF award and support the Trust’s vision to save the Castle and its treasures for the wider public to enjoy.”
Alison Brimelow, Vice-President of the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust, said: "The Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust is delighted to welcome the Culture Secretary and Sir Peter Luff to Hartlebury. Our grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has secured the future of Hartlebury Castle, and the visit of the Culture Secretary illustrates the importance of the Castle to Worcestershire’s heritage.”
Cllr Adrian Hardman, Leader of Worcestershire County Council, said: "It's pleasing to welcome the Culture Secretary to Hartlebury to enjoy the excellent museum collections, the Bishops Palace and the magnificent Hurd Library.
"We are working in partnership with the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust to promote and protect local heritage, contribute to the county's visitor economy and create a premier visitor destination for World Class Worcestershire. The partnership is a great example of 'Act Local' doing just that and is a demonstration of the new ways of working that we are embracing."