Sharing your memories with us

Volunteer with microphone interviewing for the oral history project

Do you have a story to tell? Then we’d love to hear from you to record them for our oral history project.

About the project

The oral history project, called 'Croome before the National Trust', was originally set up by the 'Friends of Croome' in 2005. Fascinating stories from former ladies' maids, Hare Krishna devotees and pupils of a former boys' school, have already been collated.

With initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the main aim 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 part in the re-creation of Croome in the eighteenth-century. But, until now, those who worked in the Court or on the Estate have not had their stories recorded.

Similarly RAF Defford, the secret wartime airbase, was home to a large number of personnel throughout the Second World War, who played a vital role in the development of radar and who also have a 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.

Click here to listen to Ellis Wilson, an under gardener to the 9th Earl in the 1920s, as he recounts some of his memories at Croome.

Whilst seeking to record the past, we are equally mindful of the 'history in progress' currently underway at the Court, that being the Croome.

Redefined Project.

So, we are keen to record stories from contractors, staff and volunteers to create a permanent record of the work taking place today.

All these stories form a permanent record of Croome's history and, in conjunction with the British Library, are collated and held as an archive for the whole nation.

Do you have a story to share?

If you have a story you would like to tell please contact us via email at croome@nationaltrust.org.uk