Dolls’ house exhibition is larger than life

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SMALL is beautiful, says the Hucknall Dolls’ House and Miniaturist Group. But it made a BIG impression on scores of visitors who marvelled at an exhibition staged by group members.

The exhibition was held at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street in the town where the group’s nine members, led by Sofia del Gaudio, staged a fascinating display of their handiwork. Dolls’ houses and miniatures depicting scenes from the 1920s to the present day took centre stage.

Another innovative example of the group’s work was a display focused on favourite films as members brought to life movies including ‘Brief Encounter’ and ‘Zulu’ through to animated favourite ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert’.

Miniature creations of the likes of King Henry VIII, Victorian ladies and the Chelsea Pensioners caught the eye, while the attention to the tiniest detail was impressive.

Workshops with advice on knitting, sewing and the ancient craft of tatting — lace pieces made up of a series of knots and loops — created interest, as did tips on decorating miniature houses, modelling food and making designs on a computer.

During the exhibition, the club, which is made up of Sofia, Jackie Brown, Deryl Hayes, Betty Ingham, Jean Stansfield, Julie Thornley, Sue Naylor, Susan Shepherd and Gladys Sherras, ran a raffle to raise funds for itself and charity.

“This was our first exhibition since we were formed three-and-a-half years ago and we have been greatly encouraged by the support and interest shown,” said Sofia, who is well-known as the manager of the Sense charity shop on Hucknall High Street.

OUR PHOTO shows Sofia (front right) and fellow members with their mini-masterpieces. (STORY AND PHOTO BY: Peter Jordan).