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.