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Adam Speaks at National Trust Croome

As the sun set over Croome, coloured lights shone on the Adam Speaks Tree House art installation. The project paid tribute to the influence designer Robert Adam had on the estate. But the beautiful landscape combined with the colours of nature seemed to insist on a nod to Capability Brown.

The Adam Speaks project

The project began with a search for an emerging artist. Under the guidance of national artist Hew Locke, the successful applicant would create an exciting new artwork. The theme would be the influence that Robert Adam had on Croome. The estate itself is developing according to a new model for National Trust properties. As such, it acts as a showcase for contemporary arts including exhibitions, drama and poetry.

The artist chosen to take on this project was Chris Alton. He worked in partnership with local groups including St Barnabas and Kimichi Schools, Writing West Midlands and the Birmingham Institute of Theatre Arts. Together, they developed both the design for the artwork and the theme for its launch.

The installation

The project culminated in a piece of art taking the form of a treehouse. Constructed at ground level, the treehouse is accessible to all. Its shape and style reflects that of the house itself. It forms a small but usable area where families and groups will be able to gather. The construction will remain in place for the next 12 months.

Launch day

Lia and I headed to Croome on Saturday for the exhibition launch. There were performances throughout the day from the Sixth Form College Worcester and Birmingham Institute of Theatre Arts & Kimichi School. Performance poet Kirly McGeachie was on hand with a creative experience, and visitors could build an Adam Speaks inspired structure. The house is already starting to look rather festive with some beautiful Christmas trees on display. Oh, and there were plenty of cupcakes!

It was a glorious day, with the natural light highlighting the beauty of the Croome estate and the Adam Speaks Tree House. We are regulars at Croome anyway, it is one of the girls’ favourite places to cycle. We’ll be heading back there soon because Libby can’t wait to see the tree house.

For more information on the project and its timeline, head to the National Trust Croome website. The installation will be there for the next year, so do look out for it if you visit Croome.

National Trust Croome, Worcestershire, West Midlands | Adam Speaks is a new art exhibit that is in place in the grounds of National Trust Croome. Developed by emerging artist Chris Alton in collaboration with local groups, the installation take the form of a tree house set at ground level in order to be accessible to all. #NationalTrust #WestMidlands #daysout

Please note, we were invited to the free launch to allow me to write about Adam Speaks.


  1. December 1, 2017 / 8:24 am

    Lovely post. We really enjoyed seeing you guys there earlier this year 🙂

    • December 18, 2017 / 10:27 pm

      Thank you, yes we loved that too! We must do it again soon.

  2. December 1, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    Wha a beautiful tree house. I’ve never seen one at ground level like that. I love these National Trust places – such good value, when you can make them a regular pit-stop.

      • December 18, 2017 / 10:22 pm

        Thanks for hosting Nell!

    • December 18, 2017 / 10:27 pm

      Thank you, we love the National Trust and the treehouse is fabulous.

  3. Catherine's Cultural Wednesdays
    December 1, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    What a fantastic tree house, we love a National Trust outing membership is such good value. Thank you for linking up to #CulturedKids

    • December 18, 2017 / 10:22 pm

      Yes, we are huge NT fans too, membership is our best annual investment!

  4. December 1, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Didn’t you have wonderful light for your visit? Your photos are so beautiful! I love National Trust properties and that tree house is well worth a visit. #CulturedKids

    • December 18, 2017 / 10:21 pm

      Thank you, yes we were so lucky with the light.

  5. December 2, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    The light in these photos is wonderful making the treehouse almost magical. And those cupcakes…… #culturedkids

    • December 18, 2017 / 10:19 pm

      Thank you, yes the treehouse and the cakes were both rather magical!

  6. December 4, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    Looks like you had a great day for it! Good to see the NT moving with the times and creating a venue for art and performance. #Culturedkids

    • December 18, 2017 / 10:14 pm

      It’s lovely, we were really impressed and yes, the perfect day for it!

  7. December 4, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    We love Croome will have to visit there again soon when we aren’t there to run around it.

    • December 18, 2017 / 10:13 pm

      And I’ll have to go when I am there to run around it soon!

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