Sudbury Hall NT

Sudbury Hall NT

Hello Dolly!

This week it’s all about dolls. Here in the Documentation Department we have been editing away at the collection records, and we are in the middle of a large collection of ‘Peggy Nisbet’ dolls. These are all costume dolls, dressed as various historical figures, popular characters and famous people. In the collection here at the National Trust Museum of Childhood we have a wonderful selection of everything from Queen Victoria to Mary Poppins.

Just one of the sets of dolls in the collection is ‘Henry VIII and his Six Wives’. Here is the beautiful Jane Seymour, said to have been Henry’s true love, because he chose to be buried with her when he died.

http://www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk/object/661178

Those pessamists amongst you might point out that he didn’t have much choice, with two wives still living, two buried unceremoniously with no heads, and one buried abroad!

Another doll that has featured highly in our week is the eponymous Sindy! This weekend sees Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood open up again on Saturday the 16th for the season. We have been helping Sue, one of the Collections Assistants’, put together a Sindy doll’s house ready for one of the displays.  Here are a few pictures of Rose (and Sue) putting the finishing touches onto the roof terrace :

Do you remember wanting one of these as a child, or even better being lucky enough to have owned one?

Is is a space ship, is it a plane …?

… no it’s the Sindy staircase of course!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And as a little nod to it being Valentine’s Day, even the collections online website is feeling all loved up today : http://www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk/

 

Laura

 
 

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