The hidden objects of Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Visit us during August and September to see our hidden object of the week from an item that belonged to Vita's dancer grandmother to Vita’s work during the Second World War and many others. These colourful characters have lots of stories to tell and help build the layers of Sissinghurst's varied history.
Hidden object months
During August and September the hidden objects which are housed in Vita's writing room desk, tucked out of sight in the roundel room or concealed in one of the many cupboards will be coming out on display in the library.
Every week there will be a new object out on display, often which haven’t been seen out of context before. Often small and everyday they can tell human stories about those who have lived and been connected to Sissinghurst. Vita’s writing room in particular has such a strong sense of the lady herself, and very personal items were left in situ on her desk. Vita's pens bear the evidence of chewed caps, her cigarette holder and glasses were left after her death. There's also the very mundane day to day objects such as stamps, a bottle of ink or cough sweets which now have much more significance as they are over 50 years old, preserved after their famous owner had no further use for them.
There are over 12,200 objects listed on our online catalogue here at Sissinghurst, all of which can be browsed here http://www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk/place/sissinghurst-castle.
Over 11,000 of the catalogued objects will be books, but you can also see the bigger pieces of furniture, paintings, textiles and glassware which are on display in both the library and the tower. However there are many more inside cupboards and drawers which are untouched and unseen, such as our week 2 hidden object which will come from Vita's writing desk.