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Croome Estate during the First World War


After graduating with a degree in the History of Art (University of East Anglia), I worked as an archaeological finds researcher, and then as a professional freelance indexer. From 2007-9 I studied at University College Falmouth for  an MA Photography course fovussing on the relationship of photography and folklore.


I am now a volunteer at Croome Court, a National Trust property about 4 miles from Pershore. Photographs of the Court and landscape park will be uploaded soon. I'm currently researching the Croome Estate during the Great War, and will be including items from that research on this website in advance of final publication.


I have contributed the chapter on the local jam-making industry to the forthcoming How The Pershore Plum Won The Great War, eds. Maggi Andrews and Jenni Waugh (The History Press, July 2016).




Guest lecturer to BA English Literature students at the University of Exeter, Cornwall  Campus: Cornish Victorian Ghost Stories and Photography.


Speaker at Mysticism, Myths and Celtic Nationalism conference, University College Falmouth (2010):  'Cornish myths and photography'.


Speaker at Myths, Legends and Folklore conference, Cardiff University (2011).


Speaker at After Grimm: Fairy Tales and the Art of Storytelling conference, Kingston University, Surrey (September 2012):  ' "Touchstones for other re-tellings": folklore, and photography, in Cornwall and Devon'.


Speaker at Popular Antiquities: Folklore and Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, London (2013):  

' "Unlucky for mortals to meddle": folklore and the preservation of Cornwall's prehistoric antiquities'.


Panel Speaker at Home, Food and Family in WW1, Women's History Network, Avoncroft  (2016):

The Croome 100 Project -  Life on the Croome Estate during WW1'.


Photography Exhibitions:

English Civil War, Newark (solo exhibitions at two venues).

Contributor to War exhibition, including the English Civil War, Royal Museum of Denmark.

'Light Rain', MA Photography Exhibition, Dray Walk Gallery, London, 2008.

'Half Stop', The Poly Gallery, Falmouth, 2009.

MA Photography Exhibition, University College Falmouth, 2009.

'Falmouth MA Photography', London Metropolitan University Gallery, Whitechapel High Street, London, 2009.

'Cornish Folklore and Photography', University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus (Tremough), and at the Cornwall Centre, Redruth, 2010.

'Taking time to pause: the year in a young woodland', Number 8 Community Arts Centre, High Street, Pershore, Worcs, 15 November - 5 December 2012..



'Croome During the Great War' , Friends of Croome Newsletter, No.15, Spring 2015, pp.4-5.

'C.J. Coventry: Katia and Beyond', Friends of Croome Newsletter, No.24, Spring 2016, pp.6-7.

'Preserving Fruit and Making Jam' in Andrews, M. and Waugh, J. (eds), How the Pershore Plum Won The Great War, The History Press, 2016 (in press).


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I can be contacted via the Contact Form or at

NOSPAM [email protected] (delete NOSPAM before sending).

Susanne Atkin MA, ARPS