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Dolls' Houses
Past & Present

A website and ezine about dolls' houses: antique, vintage and modern.
Plus furniture and accessories.

Meet The Team

Dolls’ Houses Past & Present is co-ordinated and managed by a group of dedicated volunteers located around the world:

Rebecca

Administrator and Magazine Editor

Based in Australia

Rebecca began editing the DHP&P magazine in 2010 and became website owner and membership secretary in 2011.

Rebecca's dolls’ house collection started in her childhood, over 40 years ago, when her British grandmother designated two of her antique dolls’ houses as Rebecca’s. When they eventually reached Australia, Rebecca began cleaning and trying to identify the houses and furnishings, which led to buying more furnishings for those dolls’ houses, which in turn led to buying a vintage dolls’ house found locally, and then others from other parts of Australia and overseas. She now has 100+ dolls’ houses, dating from the mid 1800s to the 2010s, in which Australian-made houses figure strongly.

Rebecca has researched her family history for over 30 years, and the first issue of the Dolls’ Houses Past and Present magazine inspired her to use her research skills and sources to discover more about makers of dolls’ houses and furnishings. Since then, Rebecca has written many such articles for the magazine, which she continues to edit. She loves hearing about members’ interests in dolls’ houses and enjoys helping to craft articles for publication.

Read more about Rebecca on her Profile Page

Brooksey

Administrator and Treasurer

Based in the UK

A DHP&P member since 2012, Brooksey was invited to become an administrator two years later. In July 2018, she became the Treasurer, initially co-ordinating the fundraising effort to raise the money needed to create this new site, and she now manages the continuing fundraising required to cover further development and the recurring costs of maintenance and technical support.

A dolls’ house collector and miniaturist since 1991, Brooksey now has 20 houses (old, vintage and modern; factory-made, constructed to commercial plans and scratch-built), a 1:12 vignette created in a Croft sherry case, and a 1:12 church kit not yet built. The houses in her collection date from the early 1930s through to the modern kit, which was bought in 2017.

Since 2014, Brooksey has curated and edited the extensive DHP&P photographic archive, which includes the four “database” albums documenting G & J Lines, and Lines Bros’ Triang dolls’ houses. This work has brought Brooksey great pleasure - and a lot of knowledge! - and she feels privileged to have been able to do it.

Read more about Brooksey on her Profile Page

Zoe

Administrator and Digital Liaison

Based in the UK

Zoe has been a member of Dolls’ Houses Past and Present since 2013 and became an administrator in 2017.

Originally, Zoe owned just one 1990s Sid Cooke dolls’ house which was bought for her as wedding anniversary gift by her husband. However, in 2013, after finding a vintage dolls’ house in her local antique shop, she began looking into how old it might be and whether or not it was home-made. This led her to the Dolls’ Houses Past and Present website and the vintage and antique dolls’ house bug struck! She is now the owner of over thirty dolls’ houses dating from about 1890 up until the 1960s.

Zoe enjoys the research side of her hobby enormously and has written several articles for the DHP&P magazine. She regularly blogs about different aspects of the hobby on her TrulyMadlyTiny blog and shares her research in to Grecon dolls’ house dolls (a real passion of hers!) as well as tales of their everyday antics, on her Grecondale website

Read more about Zoe on her Profile Page

Edel

Administrator

Based in Germany

Edel joined DHPP in April, 2015 and became an administrator in August, 2016.

She has loved dolls' houses since receiving her first (and for many years only) house for Christmas 1974 – a Gee Bee DH10C "collapsible" house. Dolls’ house furniture and inhabitants were hard to come by where she lived, so aged six she began to make her own furniture and dolls for that first house. Over the years, her skills improved, and she periodically remodelled the house, ditching older makes that no longer met her changing standards – something she very much regrets now.

As an adult, Edel has been able to add some old dolls’ houses, furnishings and dolls to her collection, as well as continuing to make houses and everything that goes in them. Although she is lucky enough to own a few lovely houses by well-known manufacturers, many of her favourite things are simple old home-made pieces.

Read more about Edel on her Profile Page

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