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Nino Strachey

Rooms of their Own: Eddy Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West

Nino Strachey

Sunday, 14 October 2018

2:00pm

1 hour

Blenheim Palace: The Indian Room

£6.50 - £12.50

Curator and writer Nino Strachey explores the Bloomsbury Group homes of Virginia Woolf, of her lover Vita Sackville-West, and of Vita’s cousin Eddy Sackville-West and shows how they reflected changing social and moral attitudes towards sexuality and gender in the 1920s and 30s.

Woolf famously said ‘a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction’. She filled her own house with works of art produced by the artistic collaboration of the unconventional couple Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. Vita’s own interiors harked back to the Elizabethan age, and her writing room was filled with the relics of past lovers. Eddy’s own design choices were boldly counter-cultural in an age when homosexuality was illegal.

Strachey is head of research and specialist advice for the National Trust and researches expression of personality through place. She has curated the homes of Darwin, Churchill and Bernard Shaw. She is descended from a family at the heart of the Bloomsbury Group.

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Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature Film & Music 2018 partners & sponsors

Blenheim Palace Town and Country Harper’s Bazaar HSBC Global banking partners Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock