Visit the house at Croome
There’s more than meets that eye at Croome Court when you start exploring its fascinating story. Enter the grand hall of the house with three floors to discover.
Return of the collection
Historical objects from the 6th Earl of Coventry’s collection will be returning with some key pieces, absent from the house for over 70 years, being presented in unique ways.
In 1948, an uncertain future for the family lay ahead with the sale of Croome Court and its collection looming. Many of the contents of Croome Court were sold at an auction, and others were acquired by museums in the UK and America, when the Coventry family were forced to sell their ancestral home. The remainder of the collection, only a fifth of the original contents of the house returns in late October.
The return of the collection of furniture, paintings and ceramics this year provided an opportunity to work in collaboration with artists to highlight parts of the collection, revealing their exquisite beauty in creative ways and bringing their stories alive.
Croome has shifted away from the traditional way of exhibiting historic pieces and 'The Golden Box’, ‘Chair Play’ and ‘Treasures of Croome’ hope to capture visitors’ interest .
See link at bottom of page for further information.
Two of the rooms on the ground floor tell the story of the Lost tapestries of Croome. The first room which originally displayed the tapestries, now starkly empty, is presented as it would have looked when the tapestries were sold. The only decoration that remains to adorn the room is the only object from the old Tapestry Room still at Croome - a precious and extremely delicate Jug and Ewer stand which is a haunting reminder of how extravagant and beautiful the room once was. Moving into the next room, originally the Library, the story is told in full with a heart-warming conclusion to discover.
Long Gallery Sculptures
Take in the Long Gallery where Croome is following in the footsteps of the 6th Earl and his passion for new talent and decorative styles. Ten up and coming artists have been commissioned to create new sculptures for the empty niches in the Long Gallery which tells the story of the lost original sculptures and the some about the history of Croome.
Admire the Dining Room which was painted in vibrant colours by the Hare Krishnas during their time at Croome which now houses 'The Golden Box' to display some of Croome's beautiful porcelain.
Soul to Sole
In the basement, talented new craftspeople and designers have drawn on archive material to tell true stories of loss and survival through pairs of shoes. Now in its second year of display, there are 8 new pairs of shoes being made to add to the tales in Soul to Sole, including the winners of the design competition judged by Toyah Willcox being announced soon.
Around the corner from Soul to Sole is Croome Court in miniature. Made out of building blocks, it can be turned inside out to discover how another older house has been lost within its walls, carefully hidden away by ‘Capability’ Brown who created the house that is seen today. Based on architectural research and original drawings by popular local artist David Birtwhistle, the Hidden House shows something entirely new but very old about the house.
The spiral staircase takes you to the first floor with more rooms to be discovered with optional guided tours by one of our volunteers.
The second floor will be opening soon.
Grayson Perry Exhibition
Grayson Perry exhibition - Croome is presenting the 'Vanity of Small Differences' a series of six colourful and thought provoking works of one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists from July until 11 September.
The Vanity of Small Differences is a series of six large-scale tapestries by the Turner-Prize winning artist Grayson Perry, which explore the British fascination with taste and class.
Inspired by the 18th century painter William Hogarth’s moral tale, A Rake’s Progress, Perry’s tapestries follow the life of a fictional character called Tim Rakewell, as he develops from infancy through his teenage and middle years, to his untimely death in a bloody car accident.