Alongside the magnificent 18 room Georgian style Dolls’ House, known as Manderley, on display at Layer Marney Tower, we now have over 20 miniature scenes, shops and additional Dolls’ Houses varying in style from mock Tudor to suburban semi.
On long-term loan from Andrew English, who’s mother, Myra, made most of them, we are delighted to be have them on show, a wonderful display of Myra’s extraordinary lifetime’s work.
We have an eclectic mix of miniatures, made up of hundreds and hundreds of tiny artefacts made by Myra. We have houses, scenes and shops and they are all charming. The scenes range from a child’s nursery, garden shed, a Victorian and a 1950’s kitchen and what can only be described as a junk room, stuffed to the rafters with everything from an old Singer sewing machine to an abandoned skeleton. There is a China Shop, Shoe Shop, Christmas Shop, Bakers and even a luxurious Faberge Shop.
There is so much to see, the more you look, the more there is to discover. We are learning that it is possible to find out how people lived, just by looking into their miniature worlds. A whole new approach to history for us.
Layer Marney Tower re-opens to general visitors on 29th March on Sundays and Wednesdays, 11.00 am – 5.00 pm when some of the houses, scenes and shops will be on display. For the dedicated enthusiasts, June will be Dolls’ House Open Interiors Month when we will be concentrating particularly on these new acquisitions. During the month, on Sundays and Wednesday afternoons, our whole collection will be on show with doors open for you to per into these fascinating tiny worlds. An exhibition not to be missed.