Croome Before the National Trust is a project undertaken by the Friends, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The main aim of this Oral History Project is to record Croome's relatively little known history in the twentieth century before the National Trust began the restoration of the Park in 1996.
Much is known about Lancelot “Capability” Brown, Robert Adam, James Wyatt and the 6th Earl of Coventry and their creation of Croome in the eighteenth century, but, until now, those who worked in the Court and on the Estate in the first half of the twentieth century have not had their voices heard nor their experiences recorded. Similarly, RAF Defford, adjacent to Croome, was home to large numbers of personnel from the three services during the Second World War who played a vital role in the development of RADAR; they, too, have a hitherto untold story to tell.
These and other voices from the post-war history of Croome can now be heard as they tell us how they lived, worked and played.
An audio-visual presentation in the restored RAF building at Croome, a display and two Audioposts in the basement of the Court and an illustrated booklet all help to make Croome’s more recent history before the National Trust much better known.
The Friends of Croome would like to hear from anyone else with Memories or stories of Croome.