West Dean College of Arts and Conservation was founded thanks to the vision of an extraordinary man, Edward James, who was passionate about teaching traditional heritage and craft skills. Today we run a world class education programme thanks to the continuing vision of many extraordinary and talented tutors, crafts people and supporters of our work.
If you share our passion for historic conservation and the arts, and for our tranquil and inspiring gardens and grounds, please become more involved.
Become a Friend, offer a scholarship or bursary to a promising student, or pledge a gift in your will. Your support will make a vital and lasting difference.
Your gift enables us to provide education in conservation and creative arts and preserve the rich heritage of West Dean. Find out about how you can make your gift tax-efficient.
West Dean College and Gardens is a special place; inspiring, tranquil and yet full of creative energy. Become a Friend of West Dean and enjoy unlimited visits, get exclusive access to events and discounts, and support our work to inspire learning in arts and conservation. Be part of the story!
In a challenging economic climate with limited funding for postgraduate studies, providing financial support for our students through Scholarships and Bursaries is more important than ever.
West Dean House, home to West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, is a Grade II listed building of cultural and historical significance and we have made a promise to invest in protecting our heritage and the priceless Collection within it. This starts with restoring the 126 year old roof of the House.