Quest for faces to be Lord and Lady of castle

Two pupils from De Warenne Academy visited Conisborough Castle to launch a campaign to find new 'faces' for a forthcoming interactive display at the English Heritage property. Pictured are Mason MKitchell and Chloe Hanley with Helen Keighley of English Heritage. Picture: Mike Cowling

Two pupils from De Warenne Academy visited Conisborough Castle to launch a campaign to find new 'faces' for a forthcoming interactive display at the English Heritage property. Pictured are Mason MKitchell and Chloe Hanley with Helen Keighley of English Heritage. Picture: Mike Cowling

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Have you got the sort of face that could help bring one of Doncaster’s medieval treasures to life?

Anyone who thinks they could have been a 12th century knight or lady in an earlier life could fit the bill to be immortalised in a new interactive installation at Conisbrough Castle.

De Warenne Academy students Chloe Hanley and Mason Mitchell have already landed the parts of a lady’s maid and a squire.

Later this year a professional artist will be drawing their faces to incorporate into animated characters who will greet visitors to the castle when it reopens next year after a major restoration.

Chloe, aged 13, and Mason, 14, were selected because of their keen interest in Conisbrough’s history and their frequent visits.

Their teacher, Steph Morris, said: “They are A-grade GCSE students and wanted to get involved. They are very enthusiastic and I can see they get enjoyment from being part of living local history.”

Helen Keighley, community projects manager at Conisbrough, said: “It’s really nice to get them on board so we can involve them in the castle restoration, which will make it more family friendly and more of a full day visit.

“This is a great opportunity for local people to take a leading role in the development of their landmark castle, to really stamp their own identity on it.”

But the quest continues to find three more ‘faces’ to represent Lord Hamelin de Warenne, Lady Isabel and the Castle Constable, Henry Picot, who were all at the castle in the 12th century.

Those wanting an opportunity to be selected should send a face photograph, with a few words on why they should be the Face of Conisbrough Castle, before 4pm on Saturday, August 17 - when there will be an open day with a photo booth at the castle for final entrants.

Applicants must be over 18.

Entries can be made online at castleproject@english-heritage.org.uk or by post to Faces of Conisbrough Castle, Conisbrough Castle, DN12 3UB.