Charleston at 100 – Celebrations


1916-2016: Charleston celebrates its Centenary

Sunday 16 October 2016 marks the centenary of the arrival at Charleston of Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and David ‘Bunny’ Garnett. Their arrival to the background as conscientious objectors in World War 1 saw the creation of Charleston as the country home of the Bloomsbury group and a legacy of art, literature and freedom of thought that is as relative today as it has been over the last 100 years.

To celebrate this landmark at Charleston, there are several activities and programmes planned over the centenary weekend and into the centenary year.

Saturday 15 OctoberThe Tribunal: Your Country or Your Conscience?

4pm:  Tickets £10/£8 (concessions).  Suitable for ages 12+ Tickets on sale via EventBrite.

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Sun 16 October (1-5pm):  Charleston at 100 – special day of ‘sneaky peaks’ and ‘extra treats’ that explore the rich history of the House and its inhabitants.

  • House:  Open access to ‘the Kitchen’ and ‘the Attic’ usually unavailable to visitors.   Attic visitors will have the added benefit seeing some objects from the Angelica Garnett Gift.  Book here for House entry.
  • Paddock Spotlight Talks: a series of free short talks exploring a range of Bloomsbury themes
  • Pottery:  Drop in art activity, free for all ages
  • Café:  Special menu inspired by the Charleston Garden and The Bloomsbury Cookbook.

House and Garden, Extended season opening

  • We will stay open an extra week until Sunday 6 November.  November opening Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm-4pm; Shop/Café 11am-4pm.
  • Special Centenary Extended House tour on Wednesday to Saturday in October and November – limited availability
  • Special ‘Charleston Covered’ weekend of 3 and 4 December. Find out what happens when we close our doors at the end of the season.  A rare opportunity to see the ground floor of Charleston ‘covered up’ as the House is put to bed for the winter.
  • Weekend Shop Openings:  Shop open weekends until 18 December featuring a new Centenary Shop collection.
  • For the final month of the 2016 season visitors to the house will have the opportunity to see 4 new additions to the Charleston collection. The paintings, by Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Roger Fry, have all been left to the Trust in this, its centenary year.
  • Charleston in 100 Objects: Every Wednesday for 100 weeks our Head of Collections, Dr Darren Clarke will highlight an object at Charleston in a new blog. Each post reveals another aspect of Charleston and Bloomsbury history. Online from Wednesday 12 October.

Advance booking is recommended for all Hours Tours during October and November – Book Here

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