Olivier Bell

Today is the 98th. birthday of Olivier Bell.   She was was one of the first students at the Courtauld Institute;  a friend and lover of Graham Bell during the second world war;  worked for the Control Commission in Germany after the war as an honorary Colonel restoring works of art to their rightful owners;  was one of the first officers of the newly established Arts Council;  married Quentin Bell, the younger son of Vanessa Bell;  edited Virginia Woolf’s diaries with exemplary precision;  and helped to establish Charleston as an independent trust where she still attends Trustee meetings (as today).   After a lifetime of public service, the government awarded her an MBE in the New Years Honours.   Only about sixty years too late.

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