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About Hay Castle Trust

Preservation of an Ancient Monument

Hay Castle's new life as a public space will include a viewing platform in the Norman keep, giving people the opportunity to experience the fantastic views of the Wye Valley and the borderlands. The great gateway will be opened up again to allow access from the town side.

The second floor will house a high standard exhibition space which will be able to display items from major national collections. On the first floor will include a Clore Learning Space which will be available for a huge range of activities - for young and old alike.

The ground floor will be include a cafe and a flexible space available for events, meetings, talks and more. The cafe, along with private hires, will enable a self sustaining future for the Castle and ensure its maintenance and care. 

Public Access & Education
The Trust is committed to access. We plan to open pathways throughout the garden and through the great gates welcoming visitors year round. Inside the mansion we have a lift which will allow access for all. We envision creative ways to highlight the history and architecture of the Castle’s 900-year life, as well as educational programmes and training opportunities.

A New Centre for Culture
The site of Hay Castle is inspiring. One can easily imagine the Jacobean manor becoming a vibrant centre for history and the arts, with an atrium, designed to complement the existing stonework, as a stunning venue for exhibitions of all kinds.  The buildings and the grounds are perfectly suited for musical and dramatic performances, cultural events performing arts, cultural events and workshops. The possibilities are indeed exciting.

About Hay Castle Trust


NANCY LAVIN ALBERT is a former television executive, with business, retail and marketing expertise and an eye for the arts and education


JENNY BENNETT is a Human Resources professional with broad experience of strategy and operational people management from a variety of sectors

ED FOX is a senior communications strategist with 25 years in the heritage sector, specialising in media relations and building alliances with stakeholders

CHRIS FYLES is a tax expert who was latterly a partner at KPMG and continues to advise clients such as General Motors, with a particular specialism in VAT

PAUL GREATBATCH is an investment manager specialising in emerging economies and supporter of cultural venues, events and organisations

ELIZABETH HAYCOX  is a bookseller who restored Richard Booth’s iconic bookshop in Hay creating a popular centre for culture, food and cinema

FIONA HOWARD has been Mayor of Hay and headteacher of Hay Primary School among many other roles in the town

ROBERT LANCE HUGHES has a background in contemporary architectural design and investment, restoration of listed buildings and the funding and promotion of social housing

SUE MALTHOUSE (CHAIR) is a practicing commercial solicitor at a national education, charities and public sector law firm.

CAROL PEACE is an artist and founder of the Bristol Drawing School

STEPHEN PURSE is the former Chief Financial Officer at Clifford Chance LLP, as well as being a director of nearby Fairfield High School.

ALICE SHERWOOD Bio to follow

Our address to write to is:
Hay Castle Trust
Hay Castle

Registered charity no. 1144524

Hay Castle Trust is registered with the Fundraising Regulator

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Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Hay Castle Trust is grateful to have received funding from the following:

Hay Castle - opening in 2022

Hay Castle Trust is a registered charity that was formed in 2011 to preserve this historic site and provide a future of cultural enrichment, educational opportunities and community enjoyment.
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