Video: Thea will make dreams come true at Kenilworth Castle

Thea Hunt, aged 8 at Kenilworth Castle. Picture by David Parry/PA Wire NNL-150721-120057001
Thea Hunt, aged 8 at Kenilworth Castle. Picture by David Parry/PA Wire NNL-150721-120057001

History wishes will come true for thousands of children after English Heritage appointed a CEO with a difference at Kenilworth Castle.

Thea Hunt was appointed as the history group’s first Child Executive Officer after beating hundreds of hopefuls to the post.

As CEO, Thea will help bring the new historic wish list to life at sites across the UK and work with her Round Table of seven children to champion activities for youngsters over the summer.

After being welcomed following a hands on audition at Kenilworth Castle, the eight-year-old said: “I felt like a real-life knight.

“I’m so excited to be English Heritage’s CEO and can’t wait to see the faces of children and their families when they’re doing the events from our history wish list.

“I want to make people love history as much as I do.”

Young history lovers will be able to discover hidden treasure, sit on a throne, fire a cannon, wear armour and battle pirates as part of the list which was inspired by the dreams of over 1,000 youngsters.

Emily Sewell, head of events, said: “Over 500 children applied for the role and we interviewed 50 very strong candidates. But Thea really stood out with her passion, energy and generosity. We are extremely excited to have her on board.”

To support Thea in her role, English Heritage also appointed a special Round Table of seven children.