For lovers of dolls’ houses, there’s a museum to be found in a little house in the heart of Wales which can only be described as quaint and charming. Run by sisters Val and Pam Ripley, the Ty Twt Dolls’ House and Toy Collection in Newport, Pembrokeshire houses a collection of over 40 dolls’ houses dating from 1840 through to the modern day.
It all started with a 1932 Tudor-style dolls’ house which Val was given on her 8th birthday and which comes complete with a miniature gramophone that actually plays “God Save the King”.
The collection offers a fascinating insight in miniature of our social history from Victorian times and each house is decorated and furnished in period. Taking a look inside, you can discover such period details as miniature gas masks and ration books relating to the Second World War, gas lamps from the Edwardian era and a readable Bijou Almanac published for Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840.