Dressing a 17th-century dolls' house: ASMR

Step into the 17th century (in miniature!) with Curator Will and Conservators Robert and Dana as they dress the delicate Nuremberg Dolls' House.

Made in Germany in 1673, this is the oldest dolls' house in our collection. At the time, dolls' houses were made to reflect the lives of the wealthy people who owned them – in this case an apothecary (chemist).

Join Dana as she prepares and manoeuvres the extremely pillowy bed, and Robert as he assesses the condition of the intricate metal decorations, including plates, dishes and exquisitely painted pewter tankards. Watch as Will as oversees the operation, placing the tiny furniture into the house, just as as it would have originally been.

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See the Nuremberg Dolls' House at Young V&A.

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