Hartlebury Castle (The Bishop’s Palace)

The land that Hartlebury Castle sits on was granted to the Bishop of Worcester by King Burghred in the late 9th century, although the foundations of the building that now stands here are believed to date back to the 13th century. 

Since the 12th century, it has been a centre of ecclesiastical and administrative power in Worcestershire with its resident bishops involved in some of the significant events of British history from political and military guardians of a frontier with Wales to active participants in political decision making in modern times.

The building is grade 1 listed and it contains the famous Hurd Library was built by Bishop Hurd in 1782. It still contains his extensive and unique collection of books including works from the libraries of Alexander Pope and William Warburton. The copy of the Iliad from which Pope’s translation was made is among them.

The grounds include a period cider mill, A Transport Gallery which has amazing Romney Gypsy wagons and The Worcestershire County Museum which houses the servants’ quarters of Hartlebury Castle. The house also has the period rooms which displays including a schoolroom, nursery and scullery, and Victorian, Georgian and Civil War rooms. The exhibits focus on local history and include toys, archaeology, costumes, crafts by the Bromsgrove Guild, local industry, and area geology and natural history. You are now able to walk along the old moat and enjoy local produce at the shop. 

We had a fantastic time, and hope you will take a trip to Hartlebury Castle too.

 

Hereford College of Art.

Dan-Salter-CRC-Illustration

The College Road campus is truly the jewel in their crown. The open day was lively and interactive which is a great start no matter what course you are applying for . As you know I’m searching the my perfect illustration BA hons.

That in mind I was hunting down the course tutor Neil Hadfield like a bloodhound. he was happy to talk with me and show me around. (good start) Neil gave me great advice about what they were looking for in student applications and kept no secrets about the questions they might ask in the interview. Hereford interview most of the applicants who apply to the degree courses. I believe this is a particularly great thing as we find only in meeting a creative person can you truly know the level of their passion for Art. furthermore he gave good advice about portfolio expectations and how to apply for funding. What a nice man.

Hereford does not disappoint. There was a wealth of Art course merging in one beautiful place. From the well known arts to the more specialist quest. A creative individual would be sure to find a happy home here.
BA Hon included: Artist Blacksmithing (wow), illustration, animation, jewellery design, fine art, popular music, contemporary design craft, textile and photography, film and photography, commercial photography, and more.
All the degrees are validated by Wales Trinity Saint David’s university.

On the subjects of home this has been the best institute thus far to have given out housing information. The staff did more than just say “we have student housing” The housing team introduced them selves, explained how to contact them and gave clear instruction on how and importantly when you should apply regardless of what university you are attending. Although I am not in need myself. I felt reassured and cared about by their openness. If I had been a young applicant or a parent of a student this would have been a welcome relief.

Tutors were keen to mention how all areas are available to all students whichever course they are on. Integration and collaboration is a big part of Hereford students life. What a refreshing and exciting testament to have. There was lots of evidence to support this around the building on the blogs and more importantly when talking to already attending students.

For me the only down side was the remoteness of the location. Because I can’t be in residence due to family commitments. The town has old market qualities that are full of rural charm. If your a city fan or want big nightlife this is not the place for you. If you love people and nature and want to be inspired by the handcrafted Hereford is the best place on earth for you.