A CHARITABLE educational trust has decided to sell its famous archives.
The trustees of the Edward James Foundation, which runs West Dean College, have taken the decision to sell its cultural archive. The archive contains material which reflects Edward James’s long association with the Surrealist movement.
Edward James gave his family estate, mansion and art collection to the trust in 1964.
The archive is currently held at West Dean, where the trustees believe there are not facilities for much public access.
“The intention is to sell the archive as a complete whole to an appropriate public institution in the United Kingdom,” said a spokesperson for West Dean.
“In doing this, the trustees hope that more public access will be available, thus raising the profile of Edward James and his important role in art history.
“The assembly of the archive has been the work of Dr Sharon-Michi Kusunoki.
“She has decided to resign from the Edward James Foundation to be able to devote time to writing, and in particular, in the short term to completing a book featuring Edward James’ personal correspondence.”