Life in Miniature at Uppark

A close up of the oil paintings in the dolls' house at Uppark

This article was about our summer activities in 2017. Go to our main page to find about what we're doing this year.

4 March - 3 September 2017

11am- 4pm

Life in Miniature shines a light on our collection and brings hidden items to the fore, together with a themed programme of events, from talks and trails, to children’s activities. 

At the centre is Uppark’s huge 18th-century dolls’ house – a show in itself. Featuring nine rooms and standing 7ft high, it famously inspired Queen Mary to create the magnificent dolls’ house at Windsor Castle.  

One of Uppark's most precious objects - the 18th-century dolls' house
The dolls' house at Uppark

The attention to detail is superb – its beautiful contents have been constructed in the same way and with the same materials as their life-size counterparts.

Four poster beds feature silk damask hangings, the silver is hallmarked, and the miniature candle sconces even have tiny glass dishes above them to catch the (imaginary) smoke and stop it blackening the ceiling – just like a real Georgian house. 

The principle bedroom in the dolls' house at Uppark
The principle bedroom in the dolls' house at Uppark

This exhibit explore the world of upstairs and downstairs in the world of our dolls' house and how art immitates life in the way items for the dolls were created in different materials as well as how the dolls themselves differ from the servants to the masters.

Items from the dolls' house being packed into a bread box
Items from the dolls' house being packed into a bread box

This is the first in a series of exhibits to explore the world of our dolls' house and how it reflected the times in which it was created.