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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.

Ways to Give

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.

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Read more about the projects we are most urgently seeking funds for. Whatever the value, your support will make a difference.

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Become a Friend of West Dean

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!

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A Gift in Your Will

Help to preserve this unique and special place by remembering us in your will. Your gift secures the future of West Dean College and Gardens.

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Scholarships and Bursaries

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.

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Roof Appeal at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Restoring our Roof, Securing our Future

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.

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Help preserve our future

West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

Find out how you can help support us