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Discover Lee Miller

5-7 September 2024

[Detail of] Self Portrait with sphinxes, Vogue studio, London, England 1940 by Lee Miller © Lee Miller Archives, England 2024. All rights reserved.

Surrealist photographer, Vogue model and WWII correspondent, Lee Miller is one of the most fascinating figures of 20th century photography.

On September 13, the new film Lee will be released in UK cinemas, a film about the extraordinary life of Lee Miller, model, photographer, artist, and gourmet cook, starring Kate Winslet in the title role. In celebration of this, and the proximity of The Star to Farleys House, where Lee Miller and her surrealist husband lived out their lives, The Star in Alfriston is hosting a special ‘Discover Lee Miller Experience’. 

Picasso by the sign post, Chiddingly, East Sussex, England 1950 by Lee Miller. © Lee Miller Archives, England 2024. All rights reserved.

[Detail of] Kitchen, Farleys House, East Sussex, England by Tony Tree. © Lee Miller Archives, England 2024. All rights reserved.

Guests will arrive at The Star on Thursday 5 September, for supper. The following day, guests will visit Farleys House and Gallery for a private tour of the former home of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose, in the nearby village of Chiddingly. Farleys House is filled with extraordinary artworks by Roland Penrose, Lee Miller and their surrealist friends including Picasso and Man Ray. Stories will be brought to life by the tour guide, and there is an impressive exhibition of Lee Miller’s photographs. 

Ami Bouhassane Director of Farleys House and Gallery. Photo by Tony Tree

On the evening of Friday 6 September, Lee Miller’s grand-daughter, Ami Bouhassane, Director of Farleys House and Gallery, will host a Surrealist Lee Miller Dinner in The Dining Room at The Star. The menu will consist of dishes taken from Ami’s book, ‘Lee Miller; A life with food, friends and recipes’, that includes her grandmother’s extraordinary recipes. The four course dinner will include dishes such as ‘Penroses’, Parsley Ice, Poulet Marengo, ‘Gold Fish’ and Lee’s Summer Pudding. Between courses, Ami will speak about the sometimes surprising origins of each dish, and recount anecdotes about her grandmother and her cooking. 

Discover Lee Miller starts from £1043 including two nights accommodation, breakfast each morning, supper on the first night, a private tour of Farleys House and Gallery and a Surrealist Dinner hosted by Ami Bouhassane. A copy of Lee Miller’s Photographs book and a biography of Lee Miller written and signed by Antony Penrose. This price is based on two guests sharing a Classic Juliet room.  

Tickets are available for those who only wish to attend the Surrealist Dinner on Friday 6 September. Dinner is £125 for four courses including an aperitif and two glasses of wine. Please book via reception.

Discover Lee Miller
5-7 September 2024