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The Most Perfect Present: Queen Mary’s Dolls House

An illustrated talk with Kathryn Jones, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts Royal Collection Trust
Queen Mary’s Dollshouse was completed in 1924

Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House was built between 1921 and 1924 as a gift from the nation to Queen Mary following the First World War. It is a perfect 1:12 scale replica of an Edwardian residence, complete with electricity, working lifts and running water. Its scaled-down rooms range from a fully stocked wine cellar and ‘below-stairs’ spaces to grand entertaining salons, and feature contributions from over 1,500 of the finest artists, craftspeople, and manufacturers of the day. The house went on display at Windsor Castle in 1925 and has been delighting visitors ever since.

The Huguenot Museum in Rochester is holding a special afternoon featuring an illustrated talk by Kathryn Jones, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at the Royal Collection Trust, followed by a drinks reception.

Guests are also welcome to attend the Evensong, The Quire, Rochester Cathedral & to the view Sarah Lethieullier’s 1730s Dolls House which is currently on loan from the National Trust.

The Perfect Present: Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House
The Huguenot Museum
95 High Street
Rochester ME1 1LX

Illustrated talk with Kathryn Jones at 4.30 pm
Drinks reception at 5.30 pm

The lecture is preceded by Evensong, The Quire, Rochester Cathedral at 3.15 pm
(The Huguenot Museum is open from 11.am)

Windsor Castle will also be organising online virtual tours of the dolls house so I recommend you visit their website to find dates for these if you cannot get to Windsor in person.