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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Fungi-Fiend Max Mudie visits the Castle Estate

Max is local to the area and has rapidly-growing Instagram fanbase of people who, like him, are fascinated by fungi and slime moulds and know the importance they have on the trees and nature around us.

We are pleased to report that he will be visiting the Estate regularly from now on to document what he finds lurking in the shadows.

Max’s knowledge and photography skills are outstanding and even if you’re inexplicably not a fan of fungi or slime mould, you will, we’re sure, appreciate the amazing way he captures the beauty of these species – some of which are so tiny that most of us would totally overlook them. We should point out that the macros shown here weren’t necessarily taken at the Castle per se, but we thought we’d show you just how talented Max is, especially when you consider that the specimens in shot here are a mere millimetre or two in size.

We look forward to seeing Max around the Estate more often and hearing about his diminutive discoveries!

Do you need more slime mould in your life? Thought so. If you’d like to follow Max and his adventures in the undergrowth on Instagram, then get onboard! His profile handle is @allthingsfungi.

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