Located in the glorious South Downs in East Sussex, Charleston was, from 1916, the home of Bloomsbury Group artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Pioneers of early 20th century British art, Bell and Grant created a hub of artistic and intellectual activity. Home also to art critic Clive Bell, frequent guests at Charleston included John Maynard Keynes, Virginia Woolf, Roger Fry, Lytton Strachey, T.S. Eliot and E.M. Forster. Charleston is now a house museum open to the public from March until November, and provides the stunning setting for the Charleston Festival, held in May. It is managed by the Charleston Trust, an independent charity that receives no public or government funding for its running costs.