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Judy C
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https://www.facebook.com/groups/1675907215955924/permalink/1954035871476389/

I saw this and wondered if anyone might want to follow through?


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August 9, 2017 at 5:35 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Holly
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Thats really  interesting to see and I will look out for the program!

Although am I alone in thinking that them 'doing up' an antique Victorian Dolls house could be a recipe for disaster as far as museum conservation goes?

August 9, 2017 at 8:59 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Judy C
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:) I doubt the crafts people who make the restorations would ever use the phrase "doing up" Holly.

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August 9, 2017 at 10:32 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Holly
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Ha ha, that's the Yorkshire in me.

What I mean is however skilled 'craftsmen' they may purport to be, unless they are working within the lines of museum conservation on an antique dolls house they could actually destroy all the history of the piece. Hope that makes my point clearer : ) I just have visions of them gutting and nicely decorating with DHE wallpapers. Perhaps I am too cynical.

August 9, 2017 at 10:52 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Rosemary
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AH, yes, that was my first thought too.  I have seen so many beautiful old rocking horses utterly spoilt by expert restoration that I would never leta one of my houses out into alien hands for "restoration"

August 9, 2017 at 1:18 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Linda B
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If they want to give my poor DH-E a makeover, they are more than welcome :D

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August 9, 2017 at 4:22 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Zoe H
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I have several candidates in terms but of houses needing restoration and they are certainly much treasured but I don't suppose I fit the remit in terms of an emotional story to go along with them. They seem to want an old family heirloom to be handed on to the next generation and I don't think a house bought on eBay by collector Zoe, restored and given back to a [hopefully] delighted Zoe to play with would do the trick!


I'm afraid I wouldn't trust them either, having learned that 'restoration' means different things to different people and having seen so many 'strip and revamp' jobs done by people who should know better, including in museums. I'd rather trust them to my inexpert but caring efforts.

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August 10, 2017 at 2:15 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Linda Holmes
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My lovely dad renovated my 1950's house that he made for me when I had my own little girl in 1979, he was so pleased with the result and I didn't have the heart to tell him I hated it, it now has plastic windows and door with thick carpet tiles and bits of full size wallpaper - it originally had a cardboard door from an old Christmas card and felt for carpets but I can't bring myself to rip it apart as he did it with such good intentions. 

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August 10, 2017 at 5:22 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Linda B
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I don't think I fit the bill either Zoe, but as this house needs a total overhaul I don't seem to be able to get the motivation to start.


That's a shame Linda, but I know what you mean.

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August 10, 2017 at 6:40 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Edel
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The whole thing sounds absolutely terrifying to me - I'd have to stand over the restorer every step of the way if I was lucky enough to have a Victorian house in any condition and not able to tackle it myself!


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August 10, 2017 at 8:37 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Judy C
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I totally understand all the above reservations, and am looking forward to another thread when the next series of Repair Shop has been aired. However, if I had an old dolls house treasure which had suffered some damage that I was unable to restore, I have no doubt the repair shop people would be sympathetic in their treatment.  I have watched most of one series and  they went to enormous lengths to repair damage which in almost every case was virtually undetectable at the finish.  I may have qualms about asking them to restore a derelict house, but having watched a series, I have no doubt that something like (e.g.) a broken gable end of a roof, would come back looking marvellous.

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August 12, 2017 at 9:29 AM Flag Quote & Reply

cestina
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Is there some sort of link to this programme please that does not involve facebook? Is it just called Repair Shop? What channel please?

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August 12, 2017 at 10:54 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Jan
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Im Not able  to view it on faebook either.

August 12, 2017 at 3:33 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Brooksey
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cestina at August 12, 2017 at 10:54 AM

Is there some sort of link to this programme please that does not involve facebook? Is it just called Repair Shop? What channel please?

http://riverparishcouncil.org.uk/bbc2-programme-repair-shop-looking-contributions/

August 12, 2017 at 3:33 PM Flag Quote & Reply

cestina
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Thanks Brooksey....

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August 12, 2017 at 5:13 PM Flag Quote & Reply

sue
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Judy C at August 9, 2017 at 10:32 AM

:) I doubt the crafts people who make the restorations would ever use the phrase "doing up" Holly.

I have visions of "Home Decorating TV Shows" hope their work on "The Repair Shop" treats the miniature home with dignity and respect it deserves, as it will have so many memories and so much personal history devoted into them Cant wait for the program though to see how the restore the house... maybe I can pick up a few tips :)
August 15, 2017 at 2:08 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Zoe H
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Yes, I'm looking forward to the programme too. From what Judy says, it sounds like an interesting series and our general cynicism might well be proven wrong - we might even learn something!  I wonder when it's due to be aired - presumably not for some time if they're only just looking for projects to feature.

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August 16, 2017 at 5:03 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Holly
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If you look at the past series episode list it gives an idea of the calibre of the work they do which appears to be a bit better than the typical make over programmes. I am sure it will be entertaining. The issue is simply the subtle difference between restoration and conservation. Attitudes change over time, interestingly towards the end of her life Vivien Greene leaned more towards conservation than restoration and regretted some of the restoration/improvements she had made to her very old dolls houses in the past even though they were in keeping and respectfully done. Organisations such as English Heritage are tending more to lean towards pure conservation rather than the extensive restorations they made in the past. Sadly even though there is a lot more interest now the humble dolls house as a piece of social history is still rarely given such respect. Victorian and pre war dolls houses still don't get the reverence that the 18th and early 19th century baby houses do but imagine in another 100 years if any of them survive intact even our humble little pre war and mid century dolls houses will be interesting to future generations :) Or at least I like to think so ;)

August 16, 2017 at 8:27 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Holly
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But don't get me wrong I am all for restoration if it saves something from the skip!

August 16, 2017 at 8:30 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Jan
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Agree, think of all the houses that would have been devoured by woodworm or ruin by damp etc., if it weren't for Members efforts in saving them.

August 17, 2017 at 8:49 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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