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Croome honoured at heritage awards

Aaron Wise 26th May, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A POPULAR National Trust site near Pershore has won a prestigious heritage accolade.

The team at Croome were rewarded the sought after ‘Highly Commended’ accolade at the national Museums and Heritage Awards, at a glittering ceremony in The Grand at Trafalgar Square on Wednesday, May 18.

Croome received the award, which celebrates the very best work in the industry, for their popular Sky Café which graced the top of the mansion house’s scaffolding in 2015.

More than 300 representatives from museums and heritage institutions across the UK attended the ceremony and other categories included ‘Volunteer of the Year’, which had hundreds of nominations but only seven finalists.

One of the finalists was Dr Bob Shaw, Chairman of the Defford Airfield Heritage Group and a Croome volunteer, who was nominated by the National Trust team after his involvement with the extremely successful RAF Defford Museum at Croome.

He has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to develop the Second World War buildings into wartime museums and his nomination was a token of appreciation for his contribution to Croome’s success.

Amy Forster-Smith, Croome’s house and visitor experience manager said: “We were up against a lot of stiff competition and we’re just really proud to have got on the finalists list as they are such important awards. They’re a bit like the Oscars of the heritage world, so to actually win something was astounding.”

Croome’s park and lakeside are open from 10am to 5.30pm and Croome Court is open from 11am to 4.30pm every day.

Call the National Trust site on 01905 371006 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome for more information.