Category:Britains Floral Garden (1990s display)
|Past Displays and Exhibitions
|Britains Floral Garden
The museum's Britains Floral Garden display, based on the collection of Andre Michel, was a significant attraction in the museum during its earliest years, back in the 1990s. The display cabinet has since been reallocated to our display of Minic Ships, and the collection is currently in storage (November 2016).
Two of the five trays holding the Floral Garden collection:
1990s descriptive text:
This unusual and rare example of a Britains Miniature Garden layout of the 1960s, manufactured in plastic, poses quite a contrast to the rustic charm of the 1930s Britains Farm display elsewhere in the museum. The stark neatness and order of a large suburban garden of this period may appear banal, but there is much detail here: realistic greenhouses, garden sheds, trellises, cloches, flower and vegetable plots, garden furniture, in fact, enough equipment to start a horticultural business.
A bit too neat and tidy for the "The Good Life", but an ideal playset for a budding young "Percy Thrower".
The garden exhibits many features which are indistinguishable from a contemporary garden of today over thirty years later, a comparison that cannot be made with the Britains Farm figures, which seem to be another world away.
- Britains Floral Garden – catalogue images and listings
- Obituary of Roy Selwyn-Smith (1923-2006), designer of Swoppets and Britains Floral Garden (theguardian.com)
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