Meet Castle Duty Manager Jonathan Higgs

September 22 2022 | Castle

Jon working as a car park assistant in the 90s


Jonathan Higgs, known as Jon, returned to Hever Castle in 2018 having previously worked as a car parking assistant after leaving school.

After starting as a Visitor Experience Assistant he became a Castle Supervisor alongside Dr Owen Emmerson and is now Duty Manager in the Castle.

His role involves taking care of the operations, day-to-day running of the castle and looking after the team of Visitor Experience Assistants.

He says: “A highlight of my job is having the opportunity to meet visitors from all around the world as we welcome them to our beautiful little corner of Kent.”

Born in London Jon’s parents moved to Hever when he was four to be closer to his grandparents.

He added: “They had moved to the village of Hever from nearby Edenbridge in the late 1950s, purchasing a property that is connected to the castle via its past owners. I’ve been lucky enough to call Hever home for most of my life. When I used to give tours in the castle, I enjoyed being able to inject a more personal connection to the site and its local surroundings.

“I am fascinated by the Astor family, who purchased the castle in 1903 and lived here for 80 years. My grandmother even has fond memories of Lord Astor popping in for a cup of tea.”

A keen photographer Jon worked previously in photography and digitisation within the Heritage sector and enjoyed working on archives and photographic collections.

He says: “Whilst I find the Tudor period interesting, my passion is for 20th century history, particularly when it is viewed through the lens of photography and film.”

“Working at the Castle is memorable every day because every day is different.”