English Heritage offer kids the chance to be King of the castle

Battle of Hastings at Battle Abbey.'10.10.10.'Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY.'Saxon soldier Leo Carroll (centre) being held by 2 Norman warriors Edward Geering and Johnny Newman'BH42705k
Battle of Hastings at Battle Abbey.'10.10.10.'Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY.'Saxon soldier Leo Carroll (centre) being held by 2 Norman warriors Edward Geering and Johnny Newman'BH42705k

English Heritage wants to appoint its first ever CEO - that’s Child Executive Officer.

You have to be 12 or under to apply and the successful applicant will have the task of making the wishes of thousands of other children come true.

The new role has been created as part of its Kids’ Takeover season this summer which involves fun activities at sites such as 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield.

The ideal candidate should love castles and forts and battlefields and have lots of imagination.

Fun auditions will be held in the South East at Dover Castle.

The Child Executive Officer will provide a kid’s eye view on English Heritage’s summer events programme and ask kids from all over the country for the fun historic activities they have always wanted to do, whether it’s a sleepover in a castle, leading a Roman army into battle, or locking their Dad in a dungeon.

Emily Sewell, Head of Events at English Heritage, said: “We want to get a kid’s eye view of history and let them takeover this summer.

“We already have a wealth of fun and exciting events for families at our sites but our first ever Child Executive Officer will put children firmly in the spotlight and give them the opportunity to get hands-on with history and do things they’ve never done before.

“We’re looking for someone who is imaginative, who can be a kids’ champion, and who can play their part in bringing history to life. We can’t wait to see the entries.”

To apply for the role, children will need to say what period in history they would most like to travel back to – and why – and tell us what fun activity from the past they would most like to do. Shortlisted children will be invited to a fun audition at an English Heritage site near to them. The successful Child Executive Officer and Roundtable will be revealed at the beginning of July.

The successful Child Executive Officer will receive lifetime membership of English Heritage, a birthday party with their friends at their favourite English Heritage castle, a stay at one of English Heritage’s holiday cottages, and much more.

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