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The Charleston Trust
Charleston Farmhouse ('Bloomsbury in Sussex') was, from World War 1 onwards, the home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals who made up the Bloomsbury Group. The interior was painted and furnished by the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, and together with their collection forms a unique example of their decorative style. The house is open to visitors between April and October. There are many 'Charleston' textiles on public view in the rooms of the farmhouse, including indigo blue print curtains from China and embroidered carpets and cushions etc. Charleston House has also a very small, idiosyncratic and fascinating collection of dress and textiles, including embroideries that belonged to Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and head scarves, shawls, one dress of about 1913, a Persian coat and Uzbek robe and assorted oddments of textiles All of these are briefly described and detailed item by item on the Charleston web site - 'About Us - Search the Collection.'
The dress and textiles collection is only is available for view only by special appointment.