100 Years of Vita and Virginia: Reimagining Sex with the Bloomsbury Group

Activity: Talk or presentationPublic lecture


Part of the 'Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love and Legacy' exhibition at York Art Gallery, in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery and Sheffield Museums.

When Virginia Woolf met Vita Sackville-West at a dinner party in December 1922, it was not love at first sight. “Not much to my severer taste,” wrote Woolf in her diary. “She is a grenadier; hard; handsome; manly; inclined to double chin.” How did these two women, ten years apart in age and both married to men, begin a love affair that would be remembered among the most passionate and progressive in LGBTQ+ history?

Join Dr Hannah Roche from the University of York as she traces the relationship’s transformative cultural and literary impact and explores the enduring attraction of Vita and Virginia.

Period14 May 2022
Held atYork Art Gallery, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational