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Behind Closed Doors: Stepping into Bloomsbury Rooms, The Honorable Nino Strachey

Behind Closed Doors: Stepping into Bloomsbury Rooms, The Honorable Nino Strachey
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Image: Virginia Woolf's bedroom at Monk's House, East Sussex ©National Trust Images Andreas von Einsiedel

Co-sponsored by the Royal Oak Foundation

The Honorable Nino Strachey

Reception and book-signing 6:00 p.m. | Dinner 6:30 p.m.
Lecture and Dinner: $75 members; $85 non-members
Location: Beverly Hills Women’s Club, 1700 Chevy Chase Drive

This talk explores the homes of three writers linked to the Bloomsbury Group: Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West and Eddy Sackville-West. The Bloomsbury Group was a set of writers and artists who met in the Bloomsbury area of London, challenging the conventions of their Victorian predecessors in person, and in books like Lytton Strachey’s Eminent Victorians. Linked by a complex web of relationships, Virginia, Vita and Eddy created country retreats which expressed their unusual personalities. At Monk’s House, Virginia Woolf looked forward to to the modern age, favouring the bright colours and bold patterns of her favourite Bloomsbury artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. At Sissinghurst, Vita Sackville-West looked back to the past and the Elizabethan age, filling her rooms with the romantic relics of former lovers. At Knole, Vita’s first cousin Eddy mixed Sackville heirlooms with the vibrant works of his artist lovers Duncan Grant, Stephen Tomlin and John Banting. Virginia Woolf combined the characters of Vita and Eddy in her novel Orlando - published in 1928 and set at Knole - creating a hero/heroine who changes their sex over time. Descended from a family at the heart of Bloomsbury, Nino Strachey will offer a personal perspective on the stories revealed in her new book Rooms of Their Own: Eddy Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West (Pavilion Books, 2018).

The Honorable Nino Strachey is descended from a family at the heart of the Bloomsbury Group. Her research focuses on the expression of personality through place, interpreting the biography of buildings and collections. Since starting her career with the Landmark Trust, she has worked for English Heritage and the National Trust, curating the homes of scientists (Darwin), politicians (Churchill) and writers (Shaw). She is head of Research and Specialist Advice for the National Trust.

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