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The Prince of Wales officially opens new learning space at Windsor Castle

Release date: Tuesday, 22 March 2022

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales met pupils from St George's School as he opened the new Windsor Castle Learning Centre

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His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Pug Yard Learning Centre at Windsor Castle on Tuesday, 15 March to mark the official opening of the new learning space at the 1,000-year-old Castle.

Situated in a historic courtyard known as Pug Yard, the new learning facilities have been created as part of Future Programme, a major programme of investment by The Royal Collection Trust to transform the visitor experience at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

His Royal Highness, who is Patron of The Royal Collection Trust, received a tour of the new learning spaces and met pupils from the local St George’s School. The children took part in a workshop entitled Our Platinum Queen, learning about Her Majesty The Queen’s remarkable 70-year reign, and enjoyed arts-and-crafts activities including building replica castles and designing jubilee arches.

In an average year, Windsor Castle welcomes approximately 50,000 school children. The new Learning Centre provides flexible and accessible facilities for school groups, as well as families, adults and local community groups, to explore the role of the Royal Family and the history of Windsor Castle and the Royal Collection through learning events and programming.

The Pug Yard Learning Centre houses three new classrooms, named Lion, Griffin and Unicorn after the royal heraldic beasts, which are equipped for a wide range of workshops and arts-and-crafts activities. A dedicated entrance and security hall allow for quick and easy-to-manage entry procedures for school groups, and a new lunch hall gives schools a comfortable base from which to explore the historic State Apartments and St George’s Chapel.

The Learning Centre has been designed as a highly flexible space in order to serve the diverse audiences who visit Windsor Castle. During weekends and school holidays it will provide a venue for drop-in family activities such as storytelling, musical performances and arts-and crafts, as well as hosting adult learning events such as lectures and academic conferences. The fully accessible building will also enable Royal Collection Trust to expand its programme of events for local community groups and visitors with access needs, including care home residents, people living with dementia, and those who are D/deaf and hard of hearing or blind and partially sighted.

Further information about Royal Collection Trust’s schools programme can be found here.

During the Easter holidays, the Pug Yard Learning Centre will play host to a range of Platinum Jubilee-themed, drop-in family activities, which are included with admission to the Castle. Activities will include arts and crafts, interactive workshops and family trails. Find out more.

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