CULTURE secretary Sajid Javid visited a stately home to see the work of Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust.

The Minister toured the castle and met Trust members on Friday following an invitation from Sir Peter Luff, MP for Mid Worcestershire.

It comes after the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a £5 million grant to secure the future of Hartlebury Castle and Museum.

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, secretary of state for culture media and sport, said: "I very much enjoyed my visit to Hartlebury Castle and Museum and it was a pleasure meeting the incredibly dedicated and knowledgeable team.

"I am delighted that Hartlebury Castle's future has been secured with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund."

The castle houses the county museum and the Hurd Library, a collection of 5,000 volumes ranging in date from 1476 to the early 19th Century including over 40 volumes from the library of Alexander Pope.

Alison Brimelow, vice-president of the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust, said: "The Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust is delighted to welcome the Culture Secretary and Sir Peter Luff to Hartlebury.

"Our grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has secured the future of Hartlebury Castle, and the visit of the Culture Secretary illustrates the importance of the Castle to Worcestershire’s heritage.”