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National Trust launches Croome Court contest

Worcestershire
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The National Trust has launched a design competition for a £15,000 installation inside Croome Court in Worcestershire

Planned to open in November, the project will create a new visitor experience focussing on archive material held inside the Grade I listed Neo-Palladian mansion.

According to the brief: ‘Archives, by the person on the street, may be considered the domain of the historian or researcher, with visions of reading rooms, online catalogues and stores. Not everyone wants to be a researcher, but there is a growing appreciation of how archival material can bring stories to life.

‘This project is not about recreating the archive or even providing access to it. Instead, we seek an interpretative experience that provides an imaginative and stimulating interface between research and our visitors.’

The project – which is part of trust’s larger ‘Croome Redefined’ initiative – will transform one first floor room inside the Robert Adam-designed 1752 landmark.

Originally built for the 6th Earl of Coventry, the building was later used as a school before being purchased – reputedly using funds released by former Beatle George Harrison – as a headquarters for the Hare Krishnas.

After being abandoned and then converted into a private home, the iconic structure was eventually leased to the National Trust and opened to the public in 2009.

Between three and five shortlisted teams will receive £500 each to develop designs ahead of a public exhibition this summer.

The winner – set to be announced in July – will work with an unnamed industry leader to deliver the scheme.

First round submissions must include a CV, 300-word expression of interest and links to supporting documents and a portfolio.

The deadline for applications is 15 February.

How to apply

Download the application form for more information

Contact details

Email: clare.harris@nationaltrust.org.uk

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