Small Is Beautiful


There’s a brilliant exhibition of dolls’ houses at Worthing Museum right now. You can see miniature townhouses and grand villas, dating from the 19th and early 20th centuries, along with a display of precious little dolls. All the items belong to the museum’s reserve collection and aren’t normally on show, so this exhibition is a rare chance to have a look at these fine examples of craftsmanship, most of which seem far too grand to be children’s toys. Even from a grown-up’s perspective, they are enchanting, with domestic scenes of Victorian ladies taking tea, gentlemen in the drawing room and nanny bathing the baby. There’s also something a little bit spooky about peeping into these tiny interior worlds, and it’s not hard to image that when the museum closes, the lights are switched off and everyone has gone, a toy house party might magically get underway.

The exhibition is on in the Studio at Worthing Museum & Art Gallery until 20 February.


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