What kind of places did the Bloomsbury group call home? What did ‘home’ mean and how did their ambitions for a new way of living influence that? How did they live? What did everyday domestic life look like? Join us for our September Reading Group, where we peer through the keyholes of various Bloomsbury group homes – from the Stephens’ family home at Hyde Park Gate, to the London homes dotted around Bloomsbury squares, and of course their country residences. We will read extracts from the ‘newspapers’ created by both the Stephens children and later the Bell children, that illuminate the child’s experience of a Bloomsbury home, and also watch some short clips of life at Ham Spray House. We will also look at how Woolf presented domestic environments in her novels. There will be a special focus on three homes in particular: Ham Spray (the home of Carrington, Lytton Strachey and Ralph Partridge), Lady Ottoline’s Garsington Manor (‘Britain’s most scandalous wartime retreat’), and of course, Charleston.
Join us around the Coco Table in the Threshing Barn for civilised Sunday mornings of readings and lively discussion. Held on the first Sunday of every month, we will explore themes inspired by Charleston, the Bloomsbury group, modernism, and our current exhibitions. These are informal and relaxed sessions, open to all, with no need to read anything in advance. Simply come along, settle down with your tea or coffee, and immerse yourself in literature, thoughts and ideas with like-minded people in an inspiring space. Led by our Reader in Residence Holly Dawson, following the success of the Sunday reading and discussion groups held during our Orlando season.