Heritage Models at the Harrow Show

The Harrow Show was a large annual two day event over the August bank holiday weekend, which had been held for many years in Harrow, West London. Sadly, the event in 2004 turned out to be the very last, as the volunteer organising team gave up the challenge. There were plenty of attractions - A vast marquee with the traditional competition entries for vegetables, flowers, jams, wines etc. Various spectacular entertainments in the central arena, many traders and charity stalls, a fun fair, a dog show and much more, including particularly the Arts and Crafts marquee.

I squeezed on to my allocated two tables some thirty paper models from my collection, including my own kits offered for sale, together with a large scale display model of the Globe Theatre.

The collection covered a broad range of subjects and scales, and included a mixture of complex models and some simple free downloads.

And the Globe Theatre model at 1:50, which isnít paper!

I had just enough space for my cutting mat, and spent the two days wielding my scalpel in front of curious onlookers.

The Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Lurline Champagnie, paid a visit and took great interest in the models.

One of her projects for the year was further fundraising for the renovation of West House, a fine old building in the area. I had been commissioned to build a model of the house as it will look, which was displayed elsewhere at the show, by the West House Trust. Pictures of the model and further on West House are here.

A picture, courtesy of Observer Newspapers, which was published in the local press.

In the foreground are Marekís 1:50 WWI biplanes, the Pfalz D.XII and Sopwith Camel.

The event was a little spoiled by the weather, but nevertheless, the organisers claimed 12,000 visitors over the two days. Many of them had passed by my tables with complete indifference, but what made the event so enjoyable was the response from the very many who were genuinely surprised and intrigued by the display.

August 2004