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Ground-breaking work on dynamic historic objects at West Dean College (27 March 2015)

Conservators at West Dean College have been working on an automaton clock in the form of a Chinese Pagoda. a rare musical clock made in London and exported to Beijing in the late 18th Century. The clock, circa 1760, is part of the National Trust Collection at Angelsey Abbey.
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A state occasion, getting married at West Dean College (24 March 2015)

For the first time the atmospheric State Rooms in the Grade II* Listed West Dean College, with its unique character and arts history, are available as a wedding venue.
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Mexican Week at West Dean College (24 March 2015)

A colourful and spicy Mexican Week of short courses at West Dean College will focus on inspiration from Mexican culture, both traditional and contemporary.
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NEW Historic Craft Practices Foundation Degree at West Dean College (16 Mach 2015)

West Dean College has announced a new two-year Foundation Degree* for students to develop craft skills in conservation, restoration and heritage making.
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West Dean College announces the NEW Sussex Scholarship (16 March 2015)

Talented students who would like to pursue a career in conservation may be eligible for funding to study at the internationally renowned West Dean College.
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Irene Caswell, Senior Media Relations Officer Irene.caswell[at]westdean[dot]org[dot]uk Twitter @irenewestdean

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NEW 2015 dates anounced

Design and Craft Fair featuring MADE (19, 20 and 21 June)
Chilli Fiesta celebrating 20 years in 2015 (7, 8 and 9 August)
Apple Affair (3 and 4 October)

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