Dean Castle - A Courtyard Castle Re-Imagined

As Dean Castle undergoes a period of restoration and redevelopment; East Ayrshire Leisure curator - Bruce Morgan presents an illustrated talk on the 8th Lord Howard de Walden's restoration, which took place during the first half of the 20th century. The talk which takes place at the Dick Institute on Thursday 2 May from 6pm until 7.30pm is free but booking is essential, refreshments will be available.

Dean Castle is a building which embodies around 600 years of history. From its origins as the stronghold of the local baron it has experienced periods of decay and renewal. Even when in a very dilapidated condition during the 19th century, many parts of the old structure remained usable for the purposes of farming and estate management. At the same time, the castle was regarded as a romantic vestige of a glorious past.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the building came into the possession of the 8th Lord Howard de Walden by inheritance. Lord Howard was a man of considerable imagination and significant inherited wealth, who harboured a fascination with the past. Over a 50 year period he revived the old castle in a staged programme of restoration. Now a blend of the modern and the historic, it became a family home once more. This talk tells the story of this transformation and some of those who played a part in it.

To book tickets contact box office on 01563 554900 or you can book online here