UCL European Institute


Affairs in Berlin: Harold in Germany, Vita in Love

26 September 2022–17 February 2023, 9:00 am–5:00 pm

Harold and Vita

A new exhibition at Sissinghurst Castle Garden from 26 September 2022 to 17 February 2023 tells the story of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West's time in 1920s Berlin.

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Lucy Shackleton

A new exhibition will take place in the Long Library at Sissinghust Castle Garden to tell the story of the time spent by diplomat Harold Nicolson and gardener and writer Vita Sackville-West - who together created the world-famous garden at Sissinghurst - in 1920s Berlin. Using selected books from Sissinghurst's 11,000 volume library, the most significant 20th centry book collection in the National Trust, the exhibition reveals how their experiences in Berlin influenced their lives and work.

This exhibition is a collaboration between University College London and the National Trust. Kathryn Batchelor, Professor of Translation Studies at UCL and writer and critic, Lesley Chamberlain, bring their expertise to the task of evoking the culture of 1920s Berlin in Vita and Harold's extraordinary home.

The exhibition was made possible by the UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies Small Grants scheme. It has been sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in London and the Austrian Cultural Forum. 

This exhibition is free with normal admission applying. For more information see: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle-garden/features/aff...

To learn more about the exhibition and its broader significance, see Professor Kathryn Batchelor's post on the UCL Europe blog: https://ucleuropeblog.com/2022/09/26/affairs-in-berlin-harold-in-germany...