Professor Kathryn Batchelor in the Financial Times

24 February 2023

Professor Kathryn Batchelor co-curated an exhibition at Sissinghurst Castle Garden (National Trust). The exhibition, which ran until the 17 February has received media attention in the UK and Germany.

Professor Kathryn Batchelor, Director of Translation Studies, co-curated the exhibition ‘Affairs in Berlin: Harold in Germany, Vita in Love’, 26 September 2022 to 17 February 2023, Long Library, Sissinghurst Castle Garden.

Read the review of the exhibition in the Financial Times.

Read the review in Frankfurter Allgemeine (German).

The exhibition showcased German books and English-German translations from the Sissinghurst library holdings, using books and their associated inscriptions and annotations to tell the story of the owners’ German connections. In addition to Vita Sackville-West’s translation of Rilke, the exhibition focused on Harold Nicolson’s diplomatic posting to Berlin in 1927-1929 and his subsequent role in British politics in the 1930s. The library itself formed the exhibition space, the vibrancy and modernity of Berlin brought alive through original silent film footage and music.