November’s Letter from the Curator (2019)

Dear Friends, Mary Queen of Scots once described Tutbury Castle as ‘exposed to all winds and injuries of heaven’, and after the last few weeks it’s easy to see what she meant. Mary arrived in the depths of winter both in 1569 and in 1585, and the wintery weather contributed to her impression of the Castle as cold and unwelcoming. … Read More

October’s Letter from the Curator (2019)

Dear Friends, October can be one of the most spectacular months in the English countryside. The brilliant colours of the leaves against a bright blue autumn sky make such a day unforgettable. Although the season is over now for general opening, we remain open all year for booked parties and schools. In addition to the Castle itself, we also make … Read More

August’s Letter from the Curator (2019)

Dear Friends, As the last bank holiday before the schools’ return is now upon us, and there is a great sense of making the most of a family day out, the castle is preparing for the arrival of princesses and pirates. Here at Tutbury Castle the August bank holiday has celebrated the great fairy tales of childhood for many years … Read More

July’s Letter from the Curator (2019)

This is my July’s Curator’s Letter, and yet I could have sworn we missed June!  For those of you who are reading this from overseas (and I know there are quite a few of you) England has experienced the wettest June on record and although this has made the fields brilliantly green, our Summer wardrobes are calling, and we are … Read More

June’s Letter from the Curator (2019)

Dear Friends, That was quite some introduction into the Castle season with three Bank Holiday events in under six weeks!  Busy and happy in that order! The brand new Mary Queen of Scots exhibition is proving a real attraction and so well received.  We are delighted.  I think it is the new information about her captivity that has been discovered … Read More

May’s Letter from the Curator (2019)

Dear Friends, April has flown and the countryside is bursting with pink and white blossom, so May is really with us.  After twenty years at the castle, I still catch my breath as the Spring comes to the meadows around the castle reaching out to the blue hills of Dovedale. No wonder so many brides (and grooms) marry at the … Read More

April’s Letter from the Curator (2019)

Dear Friends The open season is finally here! We open our doors to the public for the first time in 2019 on Saturday 13th April. We will be open every day until Thursday 18th April (including the Monday!). We will be closed for Good Friday (19th April) and Saturday 20th April, as we prepare for our Vikings Event. The low … Read More

March’s Letter From the Curator (2019)

Dear Friends Spring is finally here! The winter has been a warmer one and now have some more gloriously sunny months ahead of us! March signifies the start of Spring in the modern calendar, but the month of March signified the first month of a new year in the earliest Roman calendar. It is easy to see why- it is … Read More

February’s Letter From the Curator (2019)

Dear Friends, As winter draws on, I am appreciating the glowing fire in the Great Hall more and more! It not only provides some very gratefully received warmth but gives the room a cosy and inviting atmosphere. It is easy to imagine past inhabitants of the castle huddling close to the heat emanating from the grand fire place. By February, … Read More

January’s Letter From the Curator (2019)

Dear Friends Well 2019, here you are! The start of a new year prompts many to consider what they want to change or improve on in their lives. It is seen as a chance for a ‘rebirth’ or renewal. It is therefore apt that the first month of each year is named ‘January’ after the Roman god, ‘Janus’. I used … Read More