Carlisle Castle Volunteering

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English Heritage is pleased to announce that it will present Poppies: Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at Carlisle Castle from 23 May to 8 July 2018 as part of the final year of 14-18 NOW's UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies sculptures.

Poppies Weeping Window Paul Cummins Artist and Tom Piper Designer

The presentations by 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary, give people across the UK the chance to experience the impact of the ceramic poppy sculptures in a range of places of particular First World War resonance. The tour has been made possible by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Backstage Trust, the Clore Duffield Foundation and the National Lottery.

Throughout the First World War, Carlisle Castle was the headquarters for the Border Regiment, one of the oldest in the British Army. The poppy sculpture will be displayed from the top of the keep, arching over the inner ward wall and cascading down into the outer ward of the castle complex, an area which incorporates the military barracks and parade ground where troops were housed and trained in preparation for front-line combat in the First World War. A total of 23,000 recruits passed through the castle during the war.

Weeping Window Poppies Image


You can find more information about this opportunity by downloading the role description

We are planning to hold an open day  where you will be able to meet the team and hear more about the project and volunteering opportunities. Further details and the date of the open day will be published shortly.

If you have any questions please email


Got just a few hours to spare? If you're a people person who is happy to be on your feet and enjoys being outside, why not join the team for a morning or afternoon to help give visitors to the castle a warm welcome.

Wanting to get involved with friends, family or work colleagues? Sign-up as a team to join us for a full day or as a regular session team.

Got other skills to offer? We're also keen to welcome volunteers who might be interested in helping behind the scenes (for example, making cups of tea and giving other volunteers a break). We are also looing into other opportunities for volunteers to help spread the word about the event by taking photos, supporting our social media team and working with our marketing team.

These roles are in development but in the meantime please do complete a registration form. We can then discuss with you the options that are available.


Carlisle Castle, Castle Way, Carlisle, CA3 8UR


Volunteering is your opportunity to play a part in protecting and presenting some of the greatest places in England. Your support is extremely valuable to us and we want to make sure you have an enjoyable and rewarding volunteering experience. Find out more reasons to volunteer with English Heritage.

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