Research Libraries and Archives

West Dean College, formerly home to Surrealist patron and poet Edward James, is now internationally recognised for creative arts and conservation education offering 700 short courses as well as Foundation, Diploma and Masters degrees awarded by the University of Sussex.

The Library is dedicated to supporting research and creativity in the disciplines of the creative arts and conservation. The collection is a dedicated Fine, Decorative and Applied Arts Library and principally supports the range of courses delivered at West Dean College. The Library includes approximately 11,000 books, journals and electronic resources. The collection specialises in material related to Crafts, Decorative Arts, Horology, Surrealism, Conservation and Museology.

We are a small library and will do our best to accommodate your request.  However, admission for external researchers is at the discretion of the Librarian and by appointment only. Please do not make special travel arrangements until your appointment has been confirmed. We do welcome external researchers but do request as part of the admission policy that researchers give some indication of the nature of the research interest. This ensures that we have the appropriate material and that it is available for consultation.

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Admission and Access Policy: Please consult the website for more information on West Dean College, opening hours and details on how to travel to the College.  Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1243 818246 Email: Website: