& Speak Its Name Exhibition

Sunday October 22 2017, 11:30 AM

Sissinghurst Castle, Biddenden Road, near Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2AB

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Join us for a visit to Sissinghurst Castle Garden, former home of Vita Sackville-West where there’ll be a chance to explore the gardens, tower, estate and visit the Speak Its Name exhibition. There’s a café for lunch or snacks and a gift shop.

Option 1 – cost £20.00: Travel by car from Tooting Broadway to Sissinghurst and back. Meet at Tooting Broadway tube at 9.15am. Please message to reserve a car space (limited places). Cost covers petrol, parking and entry to venue & exhibition

Option 2 – cost £12.50: Make your own way to Sissinghurst and meet us there at 11.30am. Cost covers entry to venue and exhibition. There will be an additional charge for car parking, payable directly at the venue.

Payment: Please make payment to secure your place (either £20.00 or £12.50) into the Kenric bank account

Information: Sissinghurst Castle Garden was the backdrop for a diverse history; from the astonishing time as a prison in the 1700s, to being a home to the women’s land army. It was also a family home to some fascinating people who lived here or came to stay.

Poet and writer, Vita Sackville-West began transforming Sissinghurst in the 1930s with her husband, Harold Nicolson. Vita’s relationship with Virginia Woolf inspired much of her writing but arguably the most important love affair Vita had was with her childhood friend Violet Trefusis (nee Keppel).

The ‘Speak its Name’ display is based on a new book of moving and inspirational quotations by and about prominent LGBT people, beautifully illustrated with images from the National Portrait Gallery.

Items from the Sissinghurst collection also feature, including a copy of ‘The Well of Loneliness’ by Radclyffe Hall, a book with a lesbian protagonist that was deemed ‘obscene’ by a British judge when it was released in 1928, and pictures of Nicolson and Woolf that once belonged to Sackville-West.