Visitor Assistant - Historic Property Steward

Visitor Assistant - Historic Property Steward
Employer: Dunstanburgh Castle
Salary: £8.21 per hour
Location: Northumberland

Would you like to use your passion for delivering high quality visitor experiences and be at the heart of telling English Heritage's story? If so, then join our Historic Properties team at Dunstanburgh Castle and play your part in helping visitors experience more of England's captivating past and preserve it for generations to come.

This is a unique opportunity for you to work at Dunstanburgh Castle. Built on the most magnificent scale, Dunstanburgh Castle stands on a remote headland in Northumberland.

The castle was built at a time when relations between King Edward II and his most powerful baron, Earl Thomas of Lancaster, had become openly hostile. Lancaster began the fortress in 1313, and the latest archaeological research indicates that he built it on a far grander scale than was originally recognised, perhaps more as a symbol of his opposition to the king than as a military stronghold.

Unfortunately the earl failed to reach Dunstanburgh when his rebellion was defeated, and was taken and executed in 1322. Thereafter the castle passed eventually to John of Gaunt, who strengthened it against the Scots by converting the great twin towered gatehouse into a keep.

The focus of fierce fighting during the Wars of the Roses, it was twice besieged and captured by Yorkist forces, but subsequently fell into decay.

Providing a warm welcome to a diverse range of visitors to this historic site, you will ensure they have relevant information for their visit and about the wider local environment. Whether it's cleaning the site at the end of the day to keep it looking its best, selling a guide book or simply building rapport with visitors, you will discover no two days are the same. You will be part of an organisation that is committed to ensuring our visitors leave having had a great experience and believe in a great team environment.

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