Joseph Conrad's study
Polish-born novelist Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) lived in Kent for 25 years after working at sea. Although English was Conrad’s second language, he is regarded as one of the greatest writers in English. His novels include ‘Lord Jim’, ‘Heart of Darkness’, ‘Nostromo’ and ‘The Secret Agent’.
Conrad spent his last five years at Bishopsbourne, near Canterbury. His family donated to Canterbury Museums a range of furniture and personal items that had belonged to Conrad. A recreation of his study at Canterbury Heritage Museum includes his writing table, typewriter, favourite pen, chess set and hatbox.
Also on display is a bronze bust of Conrad made by Sir Jacob Epstein in 1924, a few months before the writer died.
Joseph Conrad’s typewriter. © Canterbury Museums and Galleries collection.