Virginia Nicholson has today been announced as President of The Charleston Trust.
Virginia Nicholson is the granddaughter of Vanessa Bell and elder daughter of Quentin Bell and former Charleston President, the late Anne Olivier Bell. Virginia spent her childhood holidays at Charleston, and for a number of years has been a trustee of the House. She is also the author of a series of acclaimed social histories and in September 2018 a new edition of her first book, Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden, (1997, co-authored with her father) will be released.
Virginia Nicholson, President of The Charleston Trust said: “I’ve known and loved Charleston all my life, and my most treasured memories go back to my childhood holidays spent here with Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. With Charleston entering the most exciting phase of its history, I can’t think of a more rewarding time to be stepping into the role of President. It’s an honour to succeed my dear mother, and I’m grateful to the trustees for their faith in offering me the Presidency of the Trust.”
The announcement of Virginia’s presidency coincides with the 8 September launch of Charleston’s new exhibition space, events space and restaurant. The 570m2 new development will see Charleston open all-year-round and enable it to present major exhibitions for the first time, as well as talks, performances and its existing programme of literary festivals and events.
Michael Farthing, Chair of The Charleston Trust said: “I and the other Charleston Trustees are delighted that Virginia has responded with such enthusiasm to our invitation to follow her mother, Olivier, as our President. Her background, knowledge and incredible drive to continue Charleston’s development make her a perfect fit for the role. The next few years will bring exciting times to Charleston and we all look forward to working together as a team to maximise its potential.”