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Talks, Tours & Displays Bring Stories to Life at Berkeley Castle

‘The Oldest Family home, and its Ever Changing Face’ with Josh Nash, Castle Custodian:
Mondays 2nd/9th/16th/23rd/30th September
12 noon, Small Drawing Room
‘The Oldest Family home, and its Ever Changing Face’ with Josh Nash, Castle Custodian
Berkeley Castle has been home to the same family for 27 generations. The first stones were laid nearly 900 years ago and, like any home, the Castle has evolved over the centuries. In this talk Castle Custodian, Josh Nash, shares three key phases in the building's history:
•The Castle's beginnings as a regional stronghold
• How the structure was adapted after the English Civil War
•The modernisations carried out at the turn of the 20th century

‘A History of Berkeley Castle in 15 Documents’ with Karen Davidson, Castle Archivist:
Tuesdays 3rd/10th/17th/24th September
12 noon, Small Drawing Room
The Castle's archives hold thousands of illuminating documents that narrate the timeline of its ownership by the Berkeley family. Estate Archivist Karen Davidson talks about some of the chapters in this fascinating story, which continues today after nearly 900 years.
Illustrated by 15 documents from the archives, the talk reveals enthralling details of a family feud, the murder of the king and the last private battle fought on English soil. The documents in this talk include an original draft of the grant of the estate to Robert Fitzharding in 1154 and the 8th Earl of Berkeley’s renovation works in the 1920s and 1930s.

Tour the gardens with Chris Gill, Head Gardener:
Wednesdays 4th/11th/18th/25th
Meet at the Guides’ Lodge at 12.15pm
‘The Makings of a Castle Garden’
Explore the makings of a Castle garden with a fascinating and informative tour with the Castle's Head Gardener of almost 30 years, Chris Gill. Together you'll visit the most interesting and significant areas of the Castle gardens, and with the help of old photos of the grounds you'll discover how they have evolved over the decades.
Chris has tremendous knowledge of the shrubs and trees that grow here so these tours are set to be a real treat for garden lovers.

‘Greek Myths, Battle at Sea & a Chosen Portrait’ with John Pinner, Castle Steward:
Sundays 8th & 29th September
Meet at the Guides’ Lodge at 12.15pm
Take an abridged tour with Castle Steward John Pinner as he shines the spotlight on two of our paintings: a sea battle, located in the Picture Gallery, and the portrait of the Earl of Danby, which hangs at the foot of the Grand Staircase. John has also researched our tapestries depicting Greek myths and Biblical stories making this the perfect opportunity to tap into his knowledge and delve deeper into these paintings and tapestries.

A Brief History of Nineteenth Century Sporting Arms:
Sundays 15th & 22nd September. 12 noon – 2.30pm
Meet Alan Gaze, Castle volunteer and sporting arms collector, and learn all about the guns in our special display. You'll get the chance to fire off one or two of the guns as well (with blanks, of course, and weather permitting).

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