Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 recently contained an interesting feature on the role of dolls’ houses in history.
Author and collector Liza Antrim talked about dolls’ houses as unique historical artefacts and how they are, in her own words, ‘a snapshot of life in miniature’.
Showing the Woman’s Hour reporter round her collection, which she keeps in her garden shed, Liza pointed out that many historic dolls’ houses contain furniture and miniatures which are contemporary with the period in which the house was made.
One house dating from the 1850s even contained items of furniture which were made by children who attended a so-called ‘ragged school’.
These were charitable institutions designed to help destitute children learn skills for employment in the Victorian age.
You can listen to Liza talking about her discoveries by clicking on the above link at around the 27 minute mark or you might be interested in tracking down her book, ‘Family Dolls’ Houses of the 18th and 19th Centuries’.