Having visited this exhibition during the summer of 2016, I just had to go back at the end of the opening season to get a closer look. On that second visit I was lucky enough to have the place almost to myself.
Across two rooms within its own building in the grounds of Newby Hall near Ripon in North Yorkshire, the exhibition combines two collections, those of Jane Fiddick and Caroline Hamilton. Caroline has also published on the subject of dolls’ houses.
The exhibits range from very large mansions to small room boxes, and include both modern and vintage items. They include the curators’ own much loved childhood playthings. I was particularly drawn to some of the larger houses, which I can only aspire to having enough space for. There is also a mini Miss Haversham made by one of my all time favourite doll artists, Jamie Carrington.
A section of the exhibition also showcases some very fine artisan work in miniature, which has to be seen to be believed. Other highlights include a Japanese miniature house and moving miniature automata.
Entrance to the exhibition is included with a garden ticket which also grants access to the wonderful grounds, teddy bear collection, sculpture area and children’s play areas. Entrance to the hall is extra and by guided tour only, but I would recommend it if you have time. There is ample parking and a very good restaurant, which was well sampled by myself and my other half!
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