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Whiteladies House. W.3-1937 (c) V&A Museum, London

Illuminating dolls’ houses

Lighting is vital for creating a particular atmosphere at home. Do you want it to be rich or minimal, soft and warm or stark and clinical? Developing our approach to lighting our dolls’ houses, we had to balance safety and protection for these treasured historic museum objects, with finding the right interpretive light effects to bring each […]

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'Jenny' in a sitting room of Jennys Home, B.360-2013 (c)V&A Museum, London

Lounge or living room?

Sitting room or saloon? Whatever it’s called, we’ve got plenty of them in the Small Stories exhibition. Louisa in the Tate Baby House is most certainly in a drawing room, a name evolved from its role as a place of ‘withdrawing’ from more public areas. As Thomas Sheraton explained in 1803, “the drawing room is […]

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Installation image of Tate Baby House, W.9-1930. (c) V&A Museum, London

Dearest daughter in law

In the Tate’s fine Manor House, Mrs Johanna Tate has received a letter from her mother-in-law. Johanna’s first pregnancy is a cause of nervous excitement, and everybody has advice of one sort or another. We can read over her shoulder: 12th March 1795 Johanna, Are you confined yet my dear? You must be very large […]

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Doll, c. 1900 MISC.47:4-1979 (c) V&A Museum, London

Meet George Humble. How do you do?

This is George Humble, one of the inhabitants of the Box Back Terrace house. In the Small Stories exhibition, you’ll be able to meet George and the other tenants of Mrs Reynolds’s small but neat South London lodging house. The year is 1900. George Humble has been a tenant of Mrs Reynolds for twelve years. […]

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Grandad Hopkinson

Meeting the Small Stories characters

  Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been in the recording studio, hearing the characters we’ve created for the Small Stories exhibition come to life! From the early stages of developing the exhibition, we knew we wanted to have some of the 107 dolls speaking directly to the audience, sharing their varied experiences and […]

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joy wardrobe open

The Joy Wardrobe Part 2

Opening the two outer doors unveils another interesting feature of this miniature house. Each one is lined with a different patterned and coloured wallpaper. The wallpaper marks the Joy Wardrobe of 1712 as being a very desirable piece of furniture. The year it was made, the first taxes were charged on this fashionable commodity, at […]

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The Joy Wardrobe Part 1

The first house in the upcoming exhibition, Small Stories: at home in a dolls’ house will be the ‘Joy Wardrobe’, made in 1712. It’s a strange object to start with, because it is not in fact a dolls’ house at all. The scale is right, and there are many little windows suggesting a wealth of […]

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Playing with dolls?

As part of my Heritage Lottery Fund/Institute of Conservation Internship at the V&A, I’ve been working with Furniture Conservation preparing ‘Small Stories: Dolls Houses and the History of the Home’ , an exhibition that opens at the Museum of Childhood later in the year. The V&A Museum of Childhood has a collection of around 100 […]

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