The Heritage Education Leaders Group West Midlands, led by Arts Connect, commissioned a piece of research focused on how to tell challenging histories on heritage sites. Croome became a central partner in this work. A Merrie Noyse were commissioned to carry out the research and Croome has worked with them through the entirety of the project, focusing on What is Home.
What is Home at Croome
Artist Kashif Nadim Chaudry’s new exhibition, 'What is Home', is inspired by a period in Croome’s history 1948 – 1978 when it housed a residential school, St Joseph’s School for Boys.
For the past year the project has worked with ex-pupils and children currently in the care system to examine the question ‘what is home?’. This stunning, thought provoking exhibition showcases real-life stories through each participant's selected personal objects.
Croome in Worcestershire is a Georgian stately home and landscape, created by the 6th Earl of Coventry in 1751, working with the most talented new designers of the day, including Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, and Robert Adam. Since then, Croome has seen many different owners and families who called it home.
Focussing on a more recent story: in 1948 Croome was sold to the Diocese of Birmingham and became St Joseph’s School for Boys. The pupils came to the school for a number of different reasons. The boys’ stories of their time at Croome are as varied as were their backgrounds, some happy, some sad, and many very moving.
‘What is Home’ takes its inspiration from the history of the boys school and will be told through the voices and reminiscences of former pupils and children currently living in care. Artist Kashif Nadim Chaudry has worked with ex-pupils and young people in the care system, to explore the question, what is home? Each participant has answered that question with a personal object that means home to them, loaned to Croome as part of the exhibition.
‘What is Home’ is delivered by the National Trust through its contemporary art programme Trust New Art, and the Trust has worked closely on developing the work with The Green Fingers Project, part of Worcestershire County Council's, Children Families and Communities Directorate, Chatback Productions and supported using public funding by Arts Council England and a donation from the Tony Brooks Legacy Fund.
This project is part of Trust New Art, the National Trust’s programme of contemporary arts which is supported by partnerships with Arts Council England and the Arts Council of Wales.
Learn more about the What is Home project by watching this video
23 May 19
Challenging Conversations Research – Arts Connect
16 Mar 19
The launch of What is Home
The launch of What is Home
23 Feb 19
Installation of artwork began
Artist installs the What is Home exhibition in the Dressing Room and Chinese Bedroom of Croome Court.