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Doll's house made in Knockaloe Camp

Date made: early 20th century

Description: An internee-made doll's house made in Knockaloe Internment Camp. It is made from scraps of wood and scavenged materials, with bone needles to hang the curtains upon.

During the First World War male civilians of ‘enemy’ nationality living in Britain were interned on the Isle of Man. At first, men were housed in tents at the Cunningham’s Holiday Camp in Douglas before a purpose built camp was developed on farmland at Knockaloe near Peel. It had wooden huts, roads and even a railway line. The camp eventually housed some 25,000 internees, more than the population of Douglas. Internees were given basic shelter, food and drink, but as the war dragged on more effort was put into the mental and physical welfare of the internees. Music, theatre, art, craft and education was encouraged.

Today we have a large collection of arts and craft pieces created in the camp.

Measurements: overall: 72 cm x 69 cm x 39 cm

Materials: bone, cotton, glass, metal: iron, copper alloy, paint: oil, paper, wood: other

Object name: doll's house

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 2019-0069

Subject tags : #MM100COLLECTIONS


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