The hidden objects of Sissinghurst Castle Garden

A view of Vita's writing room

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.

Week 1's object is hidden in one of Vita's desks
Week 1's object is hidden in one of Vita's desks
Week 1's object is hidden in one of Vita's desks

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. 

Week 2's hidden object comes from Vita's writing desk
Week 2's hidden object comes from Vita's writing desk
Week 2's hidden object comes from Vita's writing desk
Week 3's object comes from a drawer in Vita's writing room
Week 3's object comes from a drawer in Vita's writing room
Week 3's object comes from a drawer in Vita's writing room
The object from week 4 has come from a shelf in Vita's writing room
The object from week 4 has come from a shelf in Vita's writing room
The object from week 4 has come from a shelf in Vita's writing room

Shelves of books line the walls at Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Shelves of books line the walls at Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Shelves of books line the walls at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Keep checking back to see what's coming out for display in weeks 6-7

The Long Library at Sissinghurst Castle, Kent

In the library at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

The Chinese lacquer cabinet has recently arrived back after undergoing conservation work which took place over the winter months, take a look in the library during your next visit to see the restoration work that took place.