The Royal Hospital Chelsea -  Governor's Lecture Series

The Royal Hospital Chelsea - Governor's Lecture Series

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Join Nino Strachey for an evening lecture at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, discussing her most recent publication ‘Young Bloomsbury’

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The Royal Hospital Chelsea will host Nino Strachey for the third instalment of the 2022 Governor’s Lecture Series. The evening will take place in the Grade I listed State Apartments, with a drink’s reception to start proceedings.

In the 1920s a new generation stepped forward to invigorate the Bloomsbury Group – creative young people who tantalised the original ‘Bloomsberries’ with their captivating looks and provocative ideas. Young Bloomsbury introduces us to an extraordinarily colourful cast of characters, including novelist and music critic Eddy Sackville-West, 'who wore elaborate make-up and dressed in satin and black velvet'; sculptor Stephen Tomlin; and writer Julia Strachey. Talented and productive, these larger-than-life figures had high-achieving professional lives and extremely complicated emotional lives.

Bloomsbury had always celebrated sexual equality and freedom in private, feeling that every person had the right to live and love in the way they chose. But as transgressive self-expression became more public, this younger generation gave Old Bloomsbury a new voice. Revealing an aspect of Bloomsbury history not yet explored, Young Bloomsbury celebrates an open way of living that would not be embraced for another hundred years.

Nino Strachey’s relative Lytton was the first of many Strachey’s to make their way to Bloomsbury. After studying at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute, Nino worked as a curator for the National Trust and English Heritage. Her first book, Rooms of Their Own, explored the homes of three writers linked to the Bloomsbury Group, revealing changing attitudes towards sexuality and gender in the 1920s and 30s. Nino lives in West London with her husband and child, surrounded by the displaced portraits of her Strachey relations.

* Price inclusive of a glass of wine

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