Diary of a House Elf: A doll’s house holiday

Earlier this year we had a letter out of the blue. It was from the Deutches Historiches Museum in Berlin enquiring into whether they could borrow our doll’s house for one of their upcoming exhibitions.

© Henry Czauderna – Fotolia.com

© Henry Czauderna – Fotolia.com

 

This was exciting news for us as the doll’s house often gets overlooked amongst our other objects. For it to be part of an exhibition where it will have a prominent role and be seen by hundreds of people is fantastic! It also means that Charlecote Park will get a mention in the exhibition which may encourage people to visit us if they are on holiday in the area.

 

It was made by Mr Wimbush of Charlecote for Emma Fairfax-Lucy, 1950, and is a  replica of the family rectory at Hampton Lucy, which was built in 1712. Copyright—Claire Reeves

It was made by Mr Wimbush of Charlecote for Emma Fairfax-Lucy, 1950, and is a replica of the family rectory at Hampton Lucy, which was built in 1712.
Copyright—Claire Reeves

 

To get the doll’s house ready we have had to do quite a bit of work. The wallpapers in the rooms have been conserved by our paper conservator, whilst Victoria Allen (conservator based at St. John’s Museum in Warwick) has had a look at the textiles. The House Elves have been busy removing dust and dirt from all of the figures and pieces of furniture. We are now busily recording every single little piece onto our inventory to ensure that they are accounted for both when they leave us and also when they return next year. The last thing we want is for anything to go missing during transit!

 

During October everything will be packed up and shipped over to Germany to be a part of:

Life After Luther. A Cultural History of the Evangelical Parsonage”,
Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
25 October 2013 – 2 March 2014

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