Ripon Mayor Cllr Pauline McHardy, along with more than 100 guests who had been involved in its creation, attended the official opening of the Dollshouse Exhibition at Newby Hall last Friday. The exhibition, which houses almost 70 exquisite houses, has been open to the public since July, but Friday marked the day when everyone involved could get together to ‘cut the ribbon’. Newby Hall’s owner, Richard Compton made a speech which highlighted the success of the exhibition which has drawn visitors from around the globe to see the lifelong collection of friends Caroline Hamilton and Jane Fiddick. Mr Compton thanked everybody involved in bringing the exhibition to life: “Of all the materials used in the exhibition, the furthest any travelled was the glass, which
came from Knaresborough.”
Fiona Spiers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Yorkshire and the Humber, whose grant was integral in the creation of the exhibition, praised Newby Hall for the number of visitors they had attracted with the collection, with over 25,000 visiting the Dollshouses this year alone. The Dollshouse Exhibition and Newby Hall is open until September 27, but will reopen on March 25 next year.