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 which is the most fascinating.  For me, however, I simply love the huge enlarged picture of the castle how it was before the destruction of 1647.  It is a tragedy to have lost somewhere so beautiful but there is enough left even today to get a sense of her glory days.

I am launching properly now my new character, Peggy Knight, who was one of Churchill’s Secret Operations Executive agents. I have made some appearances in the North of England and at the castle but now I am able let her fly so everyone can meet her.  Her breathtaking story of courage in the face of the enemy in Nazi occupied France is extraordinary.  One day she is a shorthand typist in the East end of London and less than a month later, she is dropped behind enemy lines on a parachute.  Peggy was 24. If you would like to find out about seeing Peggy here at the castle or to book to see her elsewhere either ring the main office on 01283 812129 or check the castle website on www.tutburycastle.com.

 Could I remind guests that tickets for our special events such as a talk plus a meal can be as little as just £15.00  (cream tea and talk) and that includes parking and the entrance fee to see the rest of the castle.  Tickets are available on 01283 812129 or bookings@tutburycastle.com

I have also recently launched George Eliot, famous female writer, who gave the world some of the greatest works in the English language such as ‘Middlemarch’ and ‘Mill on the Floss’.  She was also radical whose real name was Mary Ann Evans and she was born in the Midlands, a couple of miles from Nuneaton. I must say when I took on the character I had no idea how gruelling the journey to find her would be. It is always difficult moving out of my own period of specialisation which is the 16th century, but I didn’t have even an inkling of how complex and extraordinary her life was. I was commissioned to take on the brilliant George and despite the hardship, it was well worth it.

I shall be putting in appearances as Peggy Knight and George Eliot here at the castle in a couple of months time.  Please do put your name down if you would like to find out when tickets are

available , again you can do this by writing to our office on email or ringing. In fact, we are now forming waiting lists for people who want to see particular characters or talks they haven’t seen before. For those of you who are interested in how many characters I now play, the answer is 14.

We all look forward to welcoming you whether it is the first time or you may have been many times.

Happy June!

Best wishes

Lesley

Some of my appearances in June

Tuesday 4th June – Romiley, near Stockport

Wednesday 5th June – Tickhill, near Doncaster (afternoon) and Tettenhall (evening)

Friday 7th June – Abergavenny

Saturday 8th June – Raglan Castle

Monday 10th June – at the Castle

Thursday 13th June – Morpeth, Northumberland

Friday 14th June – at the Castle

Monday 17th June – at the Castle

Tuesday 18th June – at the Castle

Wednesday 19th June – at the Castle

Sunday 23rd June – at the Castle

Tuesday 25th June – at the Castle

Wednesday 26th June – at the Castle

Thursday 27th June – at the Castle

Friday 28th June – Bulkington, near Nuneaton