Information regarding recent developments at Bader College and Herstmonceux Castle. (20/11/2023)

Recently, we have learned about a number of structural issues at the Castle requiring immediate attention, including repairs needed to the south wall of the building. A structural engineer visited the Castle two weeks ago and confirmed that the situation is more serious than previously understood.
As a result, portions of the Castle have closed to ensure the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty, and out of an abundance of caution, all operations at the Castle have been suspended. Academic programming at Bader College has moved online until the end of the fall term, and students will continue their studies in January at the Kingston, Ontario, campus of Queen’s University in Canada. Bader College staff and professionals from Queen’s University are working very hard to ensure a smooth transition for all involved.
Bader College continues to assess the situation and the full extent of the work needed, but it is clear at this point that repairs to the Castle will take at least 12-18 months. Additionally, a complete survey of other areas of the Castle will be undertaken in late January/early February.
We realise this may be distressing news for many within the local community, and those with close ties to Bader College and the Castle. As much as possible, we will keep you informed about ongoing developments at the Castle.

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Welcome to our castle gift shop, where history and modernity blend seamlessly together to offer you a unique shopping experience.

Our carefully curated collection of art, gifts, souvenirs, and produce celebrates the rich heritage of the castle and its surrounding region, while also incorporating contemporary designs and local craftsmanship. From handmade ornaments to local produce, you'll find a diverse range of high-quality items that make for the perfect gifts or keepsakes. And new for 2023, an extended range of plant sales, carefully selected by our expert Gardens Team.

Whether you're looking for a special souvenir or a one-of-a-kind gift, our castle gift shop has something for everyone. Come visit us and discover the magic of the castle, both past and present. The perfect place to take home a little piece of Sussex, Herstmonceux or a memento from your castle visit.

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