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THE EDWARD JAMES FOUNDATION, WEST DEAN COLLEGE

13/12/2010

In 1964, Edward James conveyed his family mansion, art collection and Estate to The Edward James Foundation, a charitable educational trust. The creation of such a trust averted the fragmentation that death duties would have dictated and allowed the materialisation of Edwards vision: creating a community where the Estate supports a college dedicated to the arts and crafts. In 1971, Edward Jamess vision became a reality when the gates of his family Estate were opened under the auspices of West Dean College.

West Dean College now enjoys a worldwide reputation for the study of conservation, making and visual arts.  The college is also home to a world famous Salvador Dali Mae West lips sofa, for which they recently purchased a TESS Demountable Vista case to help preserve and display this iconic piece of furniture design.

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