Quentin Bell (1910 – 1996) the younger son of Clive and Vanessa Bell, grew up at Charleston. He was a painter, sculptor, potter and art critic, and held chairs in Fine Art and History of Art at the universities of Leeds, Oxford and Sussex. His books include the prize-winning Virginia Woolf: A Biography, Bloomsbury and a memoir, Elders and Betters.
Virginia Nicholson is the elder daughter of Quentin and Olivier Bell. Virginia spent her childhood holidays at Charleston, and is now is a trustee of the house. She is also the author of a series of acclaimed social histories, including Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900 – 1939. She is married to a writer, has three children and lives in Sussex.