Amberley Publishing - Transport, Military, Local and General History

Model Villages

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This is the story of Little Britain. Great British miniature worlds, created by men and women with a smile, built for joy. These worlds began in the garden: where we Britons exert absolute control over nature, and the first well-documented model villages, like Bekonscot in Bucks (1929), were the private playthings of the wealthy, with a model railway thrown in for good measure.

After the Second World War, as babies and the seaside holiday boomed, so did model railways and Britain’s desire for familiarity and stability. Those gentle, miniature fairylands depicting nothing-very-challenging boomed too. At one point there were more than thirty commercial villages in the British Isles. But as the 1970s dawned, the Costa Brava usurped Cromer and Mablethorpe ceded to Magaluf. Our beloved Toytown became a ghost town: then it became a retail park.

But quietly and diligently in gardens and in sheds, outsider artists and crafters carried on. They designed, they built, and on a tiny, creative, crowded island if they cannot build big, they build small. As the century turned and as "hand-made" became a label to celebrate, once again we found ourselves delighting in the joy of the miniature.

In this illustrated expose, Britain’s foremost model village expert lifts the lid on the history of Little Britain.

Book ISBN 9781445669144

Book Format Paperback

pages 64 pages

Publication Date 15 Nov 2017

Height 234

Width 165

Illustrations 80

Available on: Wednesday 15th November 2017

Regular Price: £8.99

Special Price: £8.09

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