Vita Exhibition at Knole


Knole House, Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1HX

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Vita Exhibition at Knole


Discover the story of Vita Sackville-West's life at Knole through to her wedding and bittersweet departure in 1913. This story will be brought to life around you with a new multimedia tour guiding you through key moments in Vita's life.
Explore the Great Hall, where on the table you'll see wedding presents that were gifted to Vita and Harold alongside a marriage album assembled by Vita. A portrait of Vita by Philip de László, usually found in the Long Library at Sissinghurst, will also be on display in the Great Hall.
Around the showrooms you'll find delicately detailed paper sculpture recreations of the dress worn by Vita at her wedding, as well as outfits worn by other members of the wedding party. The mannequins are designed and created by artist Denise Watson, of Delicarta, 'bringing paper to life'.
This is a rare chance to see the original manuscript of 'Orlando', which is on show in the Ballroom. Seldom displayed due to its fragile nature, the manuscript has Virginia Woolf's handwritten notes on.
In the Cartoon Gallery a copy of Chatterton, the first work that Vita Sackville-West published, is displayed. Subtitled 'A Drama in Three Acts', Vita paid for 100 copies to be printed in 1909.
Continue Vita's journey around Knole and see the contemporary art installation in the Orangery by artist Lorna Johnson. The piece consists of 150 hand sewn scented ruffles that symbolise strong female figures who ruffled feathers to move society forward, just like Vita.

Normal admission applies.


Opening Times

Season (29 Apr 2024 - 13 Oct 2024)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00

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