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Things to see in the House at Croome

An historical illustrated world map showing global plant collection locations
Pages from Nature exhibition map | © Nina Leonard

At Croome's heart lies the House, the brainchild of the 6th Earl of Coventry, an 18th-century trend-setter who collaborated with the best new talent of the day – Robert Adam and Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

Contemporary exhibitions and installations

With about four-fifths of its collection absent, the House at Croome isn’t necessarily what you would expect from a traditional National Trust property. Instead, rooms, many with beautiful 18th-century plasterwork and fireplaces, are used to present temporary exhibitions and installations continuing the 6th Earl’s legacy of nurturing new talent.

Pages from Nature exhibition

23 March 2024 – 2 March 2025


Exactly two hundred years ago, one of the most important gardens in Georgian England was documented in detail by its devoted Botanic Gardener.

William Dean’s Hortus Croomensis captures Croome’s vast and varied plant collection at its glorious peak, recording over 6,000 species from across the globe.

The Pages From Nature exhibition in the House delves into this incredible book and examines the people behind its pages, including the 6th Earl of Coventry, his transformation of Croome and his lifelong passion for plant collecting. It also explores the legacy of the Hortus Croomensis and how it has inspired the restoration of Croome’s parkland and gardens today.

Botanical illustrations in black frames mounted on a wall with wallpaper showing text from the Hortus Croomensis plant list
Gloucestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators | © Nina Leonard

Gloucestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators

Bringing the Hortus Croomensis to life

23 March 2024 – 2 March 2025


Beautiful new artworks have been created by members of the Gloucestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators to showcase the plants of the Hortus Croomensis that still thrive at Croome today. The illustrations will be on display in the Library until February 2025.

Founded in 1993, Gloucestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators caters for all those with an interest in botanical illustration, including botanists, gardeners, illustrators and art collectors. The Society welcomes artists with all levels of skill, from total beginners to established artists. They currently have 98 members, reaching far beyond Gloucestershire.

Pages from Nature continues in the outdoors

13 April 2024 – 2 March 2025

As part of Pages from Nature, we invite you to pick up a ‘Walk through the Pleasure Grounds’ guidebook inspired by the Hortus Croomensis with activities to help you experience not only the sights, but also scents, sounds and feelings of the Georgian parkland. Find out the history behind the landscape design; take time to sketch in the booklet, pause along the way to smell scents in the special scent boxes – can you guess what they are? Read quotes from the 1824 text to feel transported back 200 years.

£3 per guidebook (normal admission applies)

A small bronze snail sculpture set against a grey background.
Small Creatures of Avon Meadows at Croome. | © Small Creatures of Avon Meadows by Juneau Projects (2022). Image courtesy the artists.

Small Creatures of Avon Meadows

Throughout 2024 Croome and Meadow Arts are collaborating with young people from Pershore to explore our Pages from Nature theme inspired by the landscape and plant collection at Croome.

Hortus Croomensis Croome x Pershore includes the exhibition Small Creatures of Avon Meadows, 20 cast bronzes made by young people from Pershore Riverside Centre with artist duo Juneau Projects in 2022 in response to the landscape and biodiversity of nearby Avon Meadows.

At Croome, artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood has been commissioned to co-create new artworks with young people from Pershore Riverside Centre and Pershore High School using drawings, illustration and animation to respond to our landscape here.

Meadow Arts is a dynamic contemporary visual arts charity based in the rural West Midlands. Croome’s creative programme is committed to socially engaged practice. We work with artists and communities to bring to life the stories of the past for audiences of today. This collaboration brings local young people, who have been working within Meadow Arts since 2020, into dialogue with themes of landscape and nature to engender connection and a sense of belonging.

Small Creatures of Avon Meadows will be on display as part of our Pages from Nature exhibition in Croome’s Saloon. New works by Sarah Taylor Silverwood will launch in July to coincide with our Summer of Play.

Robert Adam bookcases display

Opened 26 May 2023

In 1761, the 6th Earl of Coventry commissioned one of the finest architects of the day, Robert Adam, to design magnificent bookcases for Croome Court but you won't have seen them there for a long time, in fact they've not been there since 1975. After the bookcases had left Croome Court, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London acquired them and for many years, provided care and conservation, ensuring the public were able to admire them. Croome has borrowed around half of the bookcases on a three-year loan from the museum so they can be enjoyed once more in the house for which they were intended. This new display, exploring the design and construction of the bookcases, is an opportunity to look closely at beautifully carved details in separate pieces. Find out more about the Robert Adam bookcases display at Croome here: Robert Adam bookcases display | National Trust

Permanent installations

Two artists were commissioned to create original works to present select pieces from the collection in ways that are thought-provoking and respond to Croome’s spirit of ‘expect the unexpected’.

Bouke de Vries’ ‘Golden Box’ and Will Datson’s ‘Chair Play’ installation give a new perspective on these fascinating objects and the Treasures of Croome.

2 metre high 'Golden Box' installation with a reflective cube whose interior is encrusted with exquisite pieces of Meissen, Worcester and Sevres porcelain from Croome’s collection.
'Golden Box' installation/Bouke De Vries | © Jack Nelson
A family with a pushchair walk in the grounds at Croome, Worcestershire. In the background Croome court can be seen.

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