New Education Programme Celebrating Viscount Castlereagh Launches
This week saw the launch of Castlereagh Days at Mount Stewart. The education project is a collaboration between the National Trust and Ards and North Down Borough Council to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh and later the 2nd Marquess of Londonderry.
The bespoke education programme sees Castlereagh and his acquaintances brought to life through animated tours for Key Stage 2 children. The children enjoy the added luxury of having Mount Stewart all to themselves as their Castlereagh Days take place when the house is closed to the public!
The Deputy Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Craig Blaney and Alderman Stephen McIlveen, Chair of the Castlereagh Working Group visited Mount Stewart on Monday 9 January to see Year 7 students from Newtownards Model Primary School enjoy the first day of the project.
Speaking about the programme, The Deputy Mayor said:
“I am delighted to see the successful launch of this education programme which marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh. I hope many local children will benefit from this initiative and learn more about Castlereagh and his legacy. Well done to Council officers and staff at National Trust and Mount Stewart who have worked hard on this fantastic collaboration.”
Between now and March 2023, over 1,200 children from 24 schools across the Borough will visit Mount Stewart to learn about the life of this historically significant figure who left behind a strong legacy, having played such a key role in shaping our national history.