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Meet the History Team: Stuart Hand

Stuart Hand

Role: Talks and Tours Host

Started role: January 2014

What is your favourite period of history and why?

Probably the World Wars as that is the period that really got me into history, but in recent years I have been fascinated with the medieval period because it's hard not to be when you work in a castle every day!

Describe your regular day at the castle.

There is no such thing! Every day is completely different. One day we might spend all day doing tours for schools, and the next we might do a tour for Victorian fashion enthusiasts (which I actually had to do once) but I wouldn't have it any other way, it keeps things interesting for us!

If you could meet one of the people from the castle’s history, who would it be and why?

I think I would like to meet Thomas de Beauchamp from the 1300s. Any man known as the 'Devile Warwicke' sounds like someone who would have some incredible stories to tell! Thomas de Beauchamp or George Greville from the late 1700s as he really knew how to throw a party.

Tell us a fascinating fact that not many people know about you!

I once went to a garden party at Buckingham Palace as part of an Air Cadets event and met Prince Charles there (if mumbling 'hello sir' when he said hello to me counts as meeting him).


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