An Englishman’s home is his castle. And now long-forgotten, long-departed battlements are set to spring up all over Victoria Square, St Helens Town Centre – thanks to French artist Oliver Grossetȇte. Think motte and baileys, think towers and drawbridges – all made from humble cardboard boxes, tape and community spirit.
Heritage is a big part of what we’re doing for St Helens’ 150 anniversary, and a key element of this is our historic partnership with the German town of Stuttgart. The twinning of St Helens and Stuttgart was the first such arrangement in Europe following World War II. Lost Castles will pay homage to this partnership by building part of Stuttgart’s iconic 10th Century Old Castle.
And once it’s all over, the ‘castle’ will be responsibly recycled.
As well as the castle being put on display (Saturday August 11), there will be a day of family friendly activities taking place in Victoria Square and Church Square including pop-up performances, live music, mini-festivals, funfair rides and food concessions for all the family to enjoy.
How to Get Involved
We’re looking for community groups, organisations and individuals to come along and help make this unique project happen.
There are a diverse range of roles to get involved with:
- Castle builders, volunteering to help build elements of the castle, using cardboard boxes ready for the construction (Sunday August 5 – Wednesday August 8, 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-5.30pm, St Helens Town Hall – suitable for ages 8+)
- 150 castle builders needed to help with the build in Victoria Square (Friday August 10, 9am-7pm)
- Volunteering on the day of the main event (Saturday August 11)
- Castle demolishers, volunteering to help with the demolition at the event (Sunday August 12, 1pm-4pm)
To register your interest and availability click here