The Bookseller reported this week that a donation of £250,000 from the great niece of Virginia Woolf has been given to a Bloomsbury Group Centenary project, which has an estimated cost of £8.5m.
The farmhouse, named Charleston, was the home and meeting place for the Bloomsbury set when artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant moved there and invited the other Bloomsbury members to visit.
The house was restored following the death of Duncan Grant in 1986 and now opens to the public.
This new project aims to make Charleston a living artistic environment. The project has already raised a considerable sum towards its completion from grants and donations.
If The Charleston Trust, who are responsible for raising the money, can raise the remaining £2.8m needed, the project should be a raring success.
It will provide to us, the public, a real insight into the lives, loves and inspiration of this Bloomsbury group.
And who knows maybe we might hear the faint whisperings of Virginia Woolf creating her next book in the curve of the rooms and the arc of the windows.
I am a huge Virginia Woolf fan, I absolutely love her – she was such a rare and amazing talent. So for me, I really do hope they raise the money to realise this project and we can all soon go and move around the artistic environment that the Bloomsbury group lived and created in.