Charleston’s President

Anne Olivier Bell

AO Bell

Anne Olivier Bell (known to friends as ‘Olivier’) trained as an art historian (Courtauld, 1930s). She worked at the end of the war as part of a special international unit to repatriate works of art displaced by war.  In 1952 she married Quentin Bell and knew Charleston from this period onwards.  She is an acknowledged expert on Bloomsbury and on Charleston’s original collection and interiors, and in the early 1980s helped found the Charleston Trust. She has received honorary doctorates from Sussex and York Universities for her work editing the five volumes of Virginia Woolf’s diaries. In 2014 Anne Olivier Bell was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to the arts and literature.

On 20 June 2016 Olivier celebrated her 100th birthday. Here she is at her centenary party at her Sussex home, just one mile from Charleston.