Collections, Library and Archive

Collections, Library and Archive

An insight into the Helen Lowenthal Collection of Historic Buildings guidebooks within the West Dean College Library

Posted on 2nd November 2021

Many years ago, the Library at West Dean College was given a collection of guidebooks relating to historic buildings and gardens by Helen Lowenthal; one of our very early trustees. In this blog post, Librarian Teresa Shergold looks at this collection and reflects on its insight into the College and our Founder Edward James.

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    Explore Your Archives 2020

    Posted on 15th December 2020

    The Archive and Collections team at West Dean College were delighted to participate in this year's Explore Your Archive - an initiative set up to showcase the hidden gems stored in collections around the world. Read more for a recap of the week and to find out how students work with the College's Archives.

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    A rare glimpse into the Wyatt interior

    Posted on 29th June 2020

    West Dean College of Arts and Conservation recently acquired a new artwork, adding to its diverse and internationally important Collection. The watercolour shows the interior of the grand entrance hall in 1812; and was painted by Comte de Cely. The significance of the work lies in the new understanding it brings to Wyatt scholarship, the study of historic interiors, and the fascinating story of the College’s past. Read the blog post to find out more.

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    Whose Heritage? Rethinking the West Dean Collection

    Posted on 26th June 2020

    In late 2019, the Collections Team started working on a project to re-evaluate how the collections are displayed throughout the Historic House. The first phase of this is currently exploring the cultural legacy of colonialism at West Dean. The first stage of the project has included a review of the African collection which comprises a wide range of ethnographic objects, natural history, and archival documents. Read the blog post to find out more about the project and one of the objects involved in the research: a Sudanese drum.

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    Oral History Project - Memories of Edward James

    Posted on 16th December 2019

    Some five years ago, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation took the decision to embark on a project to make recordings of memories of our founder Edward James, conscious that people who had known him were no longer youngsters. British Library trained Oral Historian, Jackie Herrington, has captured just under 30 hours of recordings from 24 different individuals, and there are more individuals to be interviewed. Find out what we have learnt about Edward James so far in this blog.

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