Quest to find new Lord and Lady of castle

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A SEARCH has been launched to find three new “faces” of Conisbrough Castle, as part of an exhibition set to open in the spring of next year.

The tourist attraction near Doncaster, which was the setting for Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, is currently being refurbished and restored by English Heritage.

Lord Hamelin de Warenne, Lady Isabel and the Castle Constable, Henry Picot, all owned or worked at the castle in the 12th century.

English Heritage is now seeking three local people to offer their faces as inspiration for new animated characters who will greet visitors to the castle and bring the history and stories of the site to life.

Helen Keighley, community projects manager at English Heritage, said: “This is a great opportunity for local people to take a starring role in the development of their landmark castle, to really stamp their own identity on it.

“We are extremely thrilled to have this opportunity to engage the local community in what will be an incredibly exciting development project and we look forward to seeing the photographs come in.”

The children needed for the new exhibition have already been chosen from pupils at De Warenne Academy in Conisbrough. Chloe Hanley and Mason Mitchell were selected following a project the school took part in last year.

A spokesman for English Heritage said that work will begin on the illustrations and animations of their faces “imminently.”

Those interested in being the Lord, Lady or Constable should email a photograph to

Along with the pictures, entrants should provede a few words on why they should be the face of Conisbrough Castle.

The search closes at 4pm on Saturday, August 17 during the castle’s open day, where final entries will be accepted.