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Autumn Miniatura
NEC, Birmingham, UK
22nd & 23rd September 2018
Future Show Dates - March 2019 Dates TBA

A BIG THANK YOU

To all the exhibitors, the visitors and the people that worked so hard to help us make the show work so smoothly. There was a wonderful atmosphere all weekend and we saw so many smiling faces and full shopping bags.

We'll be posting a report here in early April and our newsletter will be going out too, so watch out for that. You can subscribe above.

We also have our secret shopper prize to send out to one lucky winner so keep watching your e-mails!

Once again many thanks to everyone who helped make our 70th Show such a success.

 

MINIATURA NEWS - MARCH 2018

Free Prize Draw - Miniatura Mystery Shopper - This is our favourite prize of the year because we get to go shopping! We'll be sending one of our team out to find a lovely miniature something and then give it away to one lucky winner at the end of March. The draw, to win the mystery item bought by us at the 70th Miniatura show, will be made on 30th March 2018. To enter simply send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "March Prize" in the subject line, please include your phone number to make it easier for us to contact you if you win.    

New Article - Jan Rodger has written an incredibly touching article all about her mother and how Miniatura played a small part in their relationship. We are very grateful to Jan for sharing this and we are sure that many of our visitors will have similar feelings. You can read it right now - Mother Came Too

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SPRING MINIATURA NEWS

The Spring show is approaching at almost the speed of sound – or so it seems here at the epicentre of the show organisation. Maybe because as the deadline gets nearer we are hearing, almost daily, about all the great things planned for you by our exhibitors. Ideas which germinated many months ago will be reaching fruition as finished items line up in workshops across the miniworld waiting for the journey to their stage at Miniatura in Hall 8 at the N.E.C. on 24th & 25th March. Below are just a few we have heard about.

Pictured here are two of Herdwick Landscapes new 1/48th scale range of houses. It's easy to imagine a whole street of these lovely buildings.

Masters Miniatures will be launching lots of new pieces of furniture to add to your collection. Check out the latest images on their Miniatura gallery page.

The latest from Susan Bembridge - "A stunning new addition to our collection of Arts and Crafts wallpapers, ‘Strawberry Thief’ was designed by William Morris and first printed by Morris & Co. as a furnishing textile in 1883. It became one of Morris’s most popular and successful designs.
‘Strawberry Thief’ is available as 1:12th scale wallpaper in several beautiful colour variations and as a furnishing fabric in silk or cotton."

Pandora's Box Miniatures raised a smile with their recent commission of a whole congregation of nuns! Despite the very precise requirements of this particular commission Brian proudly tells us that Dora's talents cover many different styles of doll and, as such, her work is ironically "nun-specific". Thanks for that Brian! 
 
 

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In recent months the subject of scale has been discussed at length and one of our most popular Facebook posts was all about this. One question that came up was why don't we see any 1/6th scale at Miniatura. Arguably it is one of the most popular scales in the world and yet the largest scale at the show is 1/12th. As a result of our enquiries Arlette's Miniatures has taken up the gauntlet and made a 1/6th piece of furniture. We look forward to seeing what reactions this gets from the visitors to the show, maybe we can introduce a few more 1/6th scale stands in the future. We do try to be all things miniature after all.
Arlette has recently returned to miniatures after a few years break and she is back with a creative bang! This time, as well as the 1/6th work she has also made a "Wacky 21st Century high back wing chair in bright orange leather with brass studs". You can see both of these pieces on her Miniatura Webpage.

Elite PetiteExhibitors at Miniatura love to give themselves a challenge and Elite Petite Interiors will be bringing these amazing caravans. These join their wonderful range of work in several scales including some new house in 1/288th scale!

The NEC have improved their wifi service and now it will be hall specific. This means that you get to log-on to the Miniatura Show hosted by the NEC technical team. We hope it will mean a better signal and in the future we may be able to offer show related features. If you have any suggestions about what you would find helpful please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Don't forget that on our website we have a search engine that means you can easily look for particular miniatures offered by all of our exhibitors.

Bear Cabin Miniatures are preparing for a double celebration as Julia's 50th birthday coincides with the 70th Miniatura. Hopefully Hywel has managed to find time to get her a present in between making a host of dragons for the show.

perris minaitures 1Following their welcome return to the hobby and the show last Autumn, we are delighted that Perri's Miniatures is able to join us again with their splendid shoes and accessories. The latest creations by Perri are in 1/24th scale. She tells us that she is "looking forward to the show and planning even more new things". We can't wait to see what elegant creations she has on her stand. 

Miniatura fever seems to have gripped the team at Petite Properties. To celebrate the 70th Miniatura Show, they decided to take on a very epic challenge!  “This spring, we plan to launch 70 new products to mark the very special 70th show.  From new smaller scale dolls house kits, paint colours and landscaping products, to must have DIY accessories and furniture kits; we plan to have something new for every visitor and to suit every pocket.  To be honest, we're not sure if we will successfully complete our (more than slightly bonkers) challenge. So why not head to the Petite Properties stand to find out, not only if we're celebrating, but to see if we're all still standing too!"

The Spring Workshops this time are a combination of the familiar and the new. We have committed more space to this "hands on" element of the show and we would love to see lots of you giving something a try during your visit. We have a new workshop aimed at all abilities (including children), Tom Ellis of Curious Oddities will be giving visitors the chance to make their very own fantastic creature.

The established favourites will also all be there and we are always grateful to The British Polymer Clay Guild, The Miniature Needlwork Society, Queen Elizabeth Dolls' Houses and The Small Scale Fiddlers Club for the expert advice and guidance they offer.

David Bishop has been a recent addition to this team at the last couple of events and we have been inspired to create a special "talks" area thanks to the popularity of his "Wiring Question Time". Two new additions to the show will be Wildlife Kate on Saturday with her rather unique take on what miniatures can be used for and on Sunday we'll have a chance to "Meet the Editor" as Carl from Dolls House & Miniature Scene gives us an insight into what goes into making such a popular magazine. The workshops this time are being supported by Dolls House & Miniature Scene and everyone who takes part will receive a free copy of the magazine (while stocks last).

The newcomers this time are:Adrian Thompson 2

A special feature of the show on Saturday will be a guest exhibition from Birmingham micro sculptor Adrian Thompson who will be showing some of his intricate gold creations, including a pair of working scissors that sit on an eyelash.

A B Miniatures who will be carrying the Treacle Lane range of kits as well as some she has made up and finished ready for sale.

Marivi Sacristan Miniatures will be bringing some of the best miniatures from Spain.

Westie Bears make delightful miniature bears.

Curious Oddities will be showing some of their fantastic creations alongside the workshop they will run all weekend.

D B Miniatures will be showing their range of handmade miniatures.

Twisted Miniatures have an interesting "twist" on miniatures focussing almost exclusively on Halloween and Christmas.

eleisa3A Welcome Return - One of the great feature of the miniature modelling hobby is that it can last a lifetime and revisited time after time. Proof of this is the increasing number of exhibitors who take time off to deal with their lives and come back again to delight all their collectors. One such this time is Eleisa (pictured) from Italy coming back after ten years with exquisite furniture and also for a one time only feature appearance just for the 70th Miniatura The Dolls House (High Wycombe).

Following their successful on-stand demonstrations last year, Criss Cross Miniatures are giving a repeat performance for visitors. Visit their stand to see how they do what they do and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

The latest news from Dateman Books - No one can doubt to everlasting appeal of books whatever their size, but these miniature volumes are without question simply enchanting. To own a bookcase and gradually fill it with readable tiny books is almost a collecting hobby in it’s own right. We hear that there are three new books in progress for the show.
1. The Dateman Book of British Trains - a new addition to the Dateman Books series which include Dollshouses, Dolls, and Miniature Food.
2. An Illustrated Mrs Beeton - Containing the full colour illustrations
from Mrs Beetons famous cookery book.
3. A new book in ther "Great Artists" series, this time featuring the work
of John Constable.
Additionally look out for some new "little items" added to their newspapers and maps, plus knitting patterns,  dress patterns and Victorian legal documents.

A warm welcome once again to Pat Cutforth and all the supporting helpers who give of their time and talents both at the shows and in the months between. Many hours go into making and assembling the kits they sell with all the proceeds going directly to Cancer Research UK. Also the many donors who direct some amazing collectables in this direction and last but not least the many visitors who shop at the stand.

The winners of our February free prize draw were A.Barr of Welshpool and V.Hagger of Ledbury who are the two winners drawn out for our free prize draw in February. Each will receive a £25.00 voucher to spend at the Miniatura Show on 24th & 25th March 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham.