Working at Hever Castle in Neil’s words

Castle, History

Before working at Hever Castle one of Neil’s passions was history and while working as a design technology teacher he studied for a history degree with the Open University.

After leaving teaching he tried out various jobs before seeing an advert for Visitor Service Assistants at Hever Castle in his local newspaper.He joined the team in 2011.

Working at Hever Castle sees him answering questions from the public, dressing up as Sir Thomas Boleyn and leading guided tours for both children and adults.

He says: “I enjoy dressing up in period costume, it’s good fun. You can joke with people and be someone different.”

“I enjoy meeting people who have an interest in the place and ask interesting questions. It’s like the best aspects of teaching.”

As well as working in the Castle Neil is also a skilled photographer and helps the marketing team at Hever Castle by photographing events.

Neil’s favourite room in the Castle is the newly revamped Long Gallery. As for his favourite object: “I have a soft spot for the portrait of Anne Boleyn that hangs in her bedroom. It’s idealised but an attractive picture.”

And the best thing about working at Hever Castle: “the people.”

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