Model Craftsmanship

By Nick Allen

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This week we welcomed Timothy Richards of the Modern Souvenir Company to present a talk about his unique business and craft. Tim arrived with an abundance of magnificent models for us all to study and admire, including some particularly impressive representations of the Flatiron building of Manhattan and the Pantheon in Rome.

The presentation took us through a series of photographs of Tim’s journey as a craftsman of plaster models, from his first workshop and the loyal members of his incredibly talented team, to some of his larger more recent projects, such as creating a model of the Palais Royale façade, one sixth of the original size for a client in Dubai.  Tim talked us through his processes and the materials used in the workshop, as well as the restoration work they carry out for museums. He even brought along a surprise that no one outside of the workshop had seen before.

One of The Elmhurst Foundation’s key purposes is to provide public benefit and support the work other local charities, so the evening was held in aid of Tim’s chosen charity, Send a Cow, which is based in one of our neighbouring villages, Newton St Loe. Becky Moorcroft from Send a Cow introduced the evening with a presentation of the charity’s work helping African families and orphans grow their way out of poverty, by supplying seeds, training and support. We are delighted that the donations received from the talk and the supper with Timothy afterwards, raised £534 which the Government will double as part of a scheme that is running until 31st December 2017 This means we raised enough to buy one cow and 12 beehives for families in Africa.

We look forward to more talks and suppers and opportunities to support neighbouring, like-minded organisations in their work. Watch this space for more events coming soon.