Ray Stutley – former worker at Bassett-Lowke

I spent an enjoyable and informative afternoon with Ray Stutley. Ray worked for Bassett-Lowke from 1931 to 1980, in fact all his working life. He had not intended on this course of life and had been accepted to work as a window dresser. His father, however, was not so keen on this occupation for his […]

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh Book Covers

For a time there was a belief that the cover on the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th editions of W. J.Bassett Lowke’s The Model Railway Handbook was designed by Mackintosh. There are copies of the Handbooks here at 78 Derngate and a copy of the book was displayed and attributed to Mackintosh at the 2006 […]

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A Dream Come True

The following story, “A Dream Come True” was first published in 1926 as an ‘advertorial’ piece by W.J. Bassett-Lowke. The content clearly encourages readers to buy a model railway for their children for Christmas. It was accompanied by information on how a reader could get the Bassett-Lowke company Christmas catalogue. Uncle Wynne’s Christmas Story – By […]

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Bassett-Lowke Catalogues

W J Bassett-Lowke and Harry Franklin advertised their products in a mail order catalogue, thought to be amongst the first in the world. For the first edition dated 1899 to keep costs to a minimum, spaces were left between the texts for illustrations. These were photographic prints that they had taken themselves, and then pasted […]

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Curator’s Report, October 2003

Well at last Wllllam Anelay’s men have left and the dust is beginning to settle. I had grown very fond of the builders, an excellent group of craftsmen, but I was still very glad to see the back of them! Not that everything is quite finished yet. After their departure Allyson and Adrian McDermott arrived […]

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Washbowl. Attributed to Joseph Maria Olbrich. c.1910.

This washbowl was acquired for the 78 Derngate collection on 13th August 2014. Purchased at auction in Edinburgh ( bidder Rob Kendall ), the bowl is, as of 2015, displayed in the Guest Bedroom of 78 Derngate and can be viewed by visitors to the house. The decision to acquire this bowl is based on […]

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Margaret Bondfield

Margaret Grace Bondfield CH PC (  b. 17 March 1873 d. 16 June 1953 ) was a British Labour politician, trades unionist and women’s rights activist. She became the first female cabinet minister, and the first woman to be a privy counsellor in the UK, when she was appointed Minister of Labour in the Labour government of 1929–31. She had earlier become the first woman […]

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