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exhbn of small treasures from the collection

Temporarily closing on 4 November - we hope to be back soon!

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Miniature Rugby

Market Place Rugby 1965

Children love our Small World exhibition.... with dolls houses and miniature models, we’ve created some I spy games to help little ones explore the show.

Explore our fascinating collection of little treasures

From miniature everyday objects, dolls houses, model trains and scale models including our new acquisition – a scale model of the famous Rugby railway gantry, The Bedstead. Alongside, will be models from Rugby and District Historic Transport Group showing Market Street in 1962 and the old Granada Cinema.

Image Credit: The Queen's Doll’s House Replica Furniture

Dolles House

These replicas were practice pieces for those made for the Queen's Doll’s House at Windsor. They are made by the same firm in Northampton that made the Queen's Dolls' House pieces.

The Queen's Doll’s House was built in the 1920's for Queen Mary (Queen Elizabeth II's grandmother). It was conceived as a gift from the nation to the Queen as a mark of their admiration for her following the First World War. The house was designed by the famous architect Lutyens at the request of Princess Marie Louise and it took 1,500 craftsmen three years to complete. The house was built from wood made to look like Portland stone by J. Parnell and Son of Rugby and many of the miniature items inside were made by Twinings of Northampton. The Queen's Doll's House has been housed, since 1925, in a specially designed room (by Lutyens) in Windsor Castle.