Recreating the library at Sissinghurst Castle

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We're undertaking an exciting project at Sissinghurst Castle to represent the library as Vita and Harold Sackville-West would have known it. This includes the sourcing of new rugs and tapestries to adorn the walls, floors and doorways as well as finding a new chintz fabric to cover the sofa and armchair.

A new chintz for the furniture
We have done some extensive research and found a chintz very similar to the original which covered Vita and Harold's furniture in the library. This chintz is a wood block print and dates back to the late 1920s or early 1930s and was made by Warner's Fabrics of Braintree, Essex. Warner's Fabrics have a fascinating textile archive and small museum which is open to the public during the summer months.

A very special book collection
We hold a fascinating collection of Vita and Harold's books in the library; some with their own annotations. The collection spans over 70 years of their lives and is a  record of their travels, friendships and passions.

The collection is currently being catalogued. Our cataloguer, Harvey, is often at work in the library for you to ask him questions. Why not come and see it for yourself?