Looking forward to seeing lots of you at the “200 Years of Childhood” fair at Kensington Town Hall on the 18th November. We will be on our usual stand number 95. Do come and say hello (and buy masses, of course).
I have reduced the prices on some items in my shop, so if there is something you've hankered after but the price was a bit too high, do have another look. You can always try making an offer, too, on anything else you might like. I won't be insulted unless you are following the guidelines of Bargain Hunt.
I'm afraid I won't be coming to Cobham this time, but Fergus will have some copies of my new book for sale, so please ask him if you would like one.
January 4th, 2018.
We're up and running. Books arrived more or less safely, at long last.
I've just heard the new books will finally be delivered here on 3nd January, as long as there are no more hold-ups.
We will be at the fair in Kensington Town Hall tomorrow. I hope you will come and say hello.
Bad news, I'm afraid. I have just been told that the shipment of books won't reach port until 21st December, and that's not delivered here either. So maddeningly all their and my promises that you would have a copy for Christmas have come to nothing. I am so sorry, and hope it won't ruin your enjoyment when they do eventually arrive. I will email everyone who has ordered one individually.
September 13th 2017.
Have spent the last few days correcting the proofs of the new book, and it has gone off to the printers this morning. Hopefully it should be ready well before Christmas. Do contact me if you are interested in getting details of when it will appear.
May 17th 2017.
Sale on! Anything in the shop you like the look of, make me a sensible offer and I will give it due consideration.
March 6th 2017.
Book progressing well, I think. The end, or at least the beginning of the end, may be in sight.
Maybe some new things coming soon to the shop, too. Watch this space.
November 10th, 2016.
Nearly a year has gone by with not much news, but we will be at Olympia on Sunday 20th November, so hope lots of you will come.
Home at last, and all unpacked and settled in.
The exhibition is finished, the houses are all packed up and ready to go.
There will be an all day symposium held at the Bath Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN on Friday 6th November from 9.45 am-5.30 pm, to tie in with the end of the exhibition. As well as Fergus Gambon and myself, there will be speakers from the Royal Collection, the V&A and the National Trust. Tickets are £55, Students £35. Lunch and "exhibition drinks" (whatever that means) at No.1 Royal Crescent are included in the price. For full programme and to book visit www.no1royalcrescent.org.uk.
Doing a talk at No 1 Royal Crescent for the Friends of the Bath Preservation Trust next Thursday, 2nd July, with my friend Fergus Gambon from the Antiques Road Show.
I shall be at Cobham this Sunday.
The exhibition is up and running, and now it's out of my hands. I hope you will manage to make it.
My job is done. Just a few more labels for the walls to be hung, and we're finished. Home for a well-earned rest before the launch on Friday night.
All set up and nearly ready to open to the public. A few minor tweaks to sort out and then we're off.
April 18th 2015.
Houses are packed and ready to go to Bath. Setting up from 27th till I drop, or the job is done. I hope there will be plenty of visitors to make all the hard work worthwhile.
February 1st 2015.
Plans for the exhibition are well under way, and it will run from 9th May until November, so I hope you will be able to pay us a visit. There will be eight of my houses, as well as a kitchen, pedlar dolls and shops.
November 28th 2014.
Just sold my 500th copy (in English). It's a real milestone, and encourages me to keep going on Volume 2.
October 19th 2014.
There is an exhibition planned at 1 Royal Crescent next year of some of my collection. It is a wonderful venue, run by the Bath Preservation Trust, and worth a visit even without the dolls' houses, but I hope they will prove to be of interest to many of the visitors to Bath. It will probably run from May to some time in November , so there is plenty of time to plan a visit.
May 13th 2014.
Just shows how long it's been since I had any news to speak of. I have written a piece for the Antique Collector's Club magazine which will appear some time in the next couple of months. And I have finally made a start on Volume 2. Watch this space, but don't hold your breath. I think it will be a long haul.
Feature coming up in the November issue of Interiors, out on 8th October. Should reach a new audience.
Fantastic article in the Journal of Design History. The author really understands what I was trying to do, so hopefully, when it is more readily available, it will result in some new sales.
Very nice review in Apollo, although I haven't seen the other one yet. I think it's only available (at a price) on line at present. No other book news, and not much in the dolls' house department either.
The Apollo piece has got put back to the April issue. Apologies if anyone bought the previous one. There is also a review coming up in The Journal of Design History, published twice yearly by Oxford University Press.
January 19th, 2013.
Look out for an article in Apollo Magazine's March issue.
I will be doing a book signing at the London Dolls' House Festival at Kensington Town Hall on 24th November.
Will be at Miniatura this weekend at the NEC in Birmingham, along with some copies of the books, and some wallpapers I've made. Hope to see some of you there.
If anyone is in the West Country, please come and see me at the Bridport Literary Festival on November 13th. I hope it will be interesting. A new experience for me, anyway.
Listen out for a feature on Woman's Hour some time in the next 2 to 3 weeks on Ladies Guild and the Ragged Schools.
The book is now officially published and available from me, firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be putting it on Amazon, but postponing that as long as possible, as it is so expensive to sell through them, especially with a book weighing just under 2 kilos with their postage allowance being for paperbacks.
There will be a review in The Spectator this week (ending 23rd March).