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West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

West Dean College of Arts and Conservati
West Dean has a long and interesting history. West Dean is mentioned in the Domesday book as a manor with hunting ground, but the first house was not built until the 1620's.
in the early 19th century it was enlarged by architect James Wyatt who designed a suite of grand rooms and tall towers to give West Dean the appearance of a castle, thereby creating one of the largest flint-faced buildings in the country. The gardens were also enlarged at this time, and the park was laid out.
In 1964 Edward James established the Edward James Foundation, a charitable educational trust, to fulfil his desire to nurture music, traditional crafts and the fine arts.
The house is  in beautiful grounds and gardens which are world renowned. The house is not open to the public.  It is therefore a privilege to be able to stay and learn in such wonderful surroundings.
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<<<<<Everyone at lunch, all quiet in the workroom!

"I first met Jan seven years ago when as a complete novice I enrolled on a course at West Dean College, the Arts and Crafts College near Chichester.    I really struggled with the order of the bobbins to be worked, but with Jan’s patience and expert knowledge, progress continued to be made.  

Jan’s excellently illustrated Torchon book also enabled me to continue learning at home. "


To see future courses planned, please click here.


To see the photographs from past  course, click on the relevant date.

If you wish to see photographs from courses at West Dean College from 2007 - 2018, then go to the gallery on my old web site which is no longer being updated.  Click on this link, but  it will take you away from this web site.

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