Calling all mini-ing hands
I don’t know if you’re familiar with Dolls Houses Past & Present website, its amazing database and chat pages?
Most unfortunately the present website is getting unstable as it is no longer facilitating the variety of needs of its users due to the now very outdated code on which it was originally based.
As there is no off the peg solution that covers the range of needs of the site, DhPP is hoping to raise the funds to “employ a team of web developers to build a new website”
I’m new to the whole dollhouse world and as a member of DhPP I really enjoy using the databases, seeing what new finds others have come across and ‘listening’ in to the oh so knowledgeable and friendly chat and sharing of information and experience. I tell you, you’re really missing something.
If I may quote from the email sent around the membership today:
As you know, Dolls Houses Past & Present is not a business, and has no income. Membership is free, and we have no plans to change that, as even a small fee could prevent some people from joining. The site is not monetised and carries no external advertising, and we don’t plan to change that, either.
Some of the many reasons why we want to save Dolls Houses Past and Present are because it:
- is an online meeting place for owners and collectors, conservationists and restorers of both old (sometimes very old) and new dolls houses
- researches and documents dolls house makers of all periods, especially the 19th and 20th centuries, in the USA, the UK, Germany, Sweden and other countries
- holds detailed photographic databases of dolls houses made by the famous UK firms G & J Lines and Lines Bros Triang
- lists over 165 dolls house makers as Categories in the Photo Gallery, aiding recognition and identification of their dolls houses
- has a strong social function. Friendships have been forged between members. Some members have described the site as a lifeline, which has got them through dark or difficult times in their lives.
- is also fun!
Would you like to help?
They have set up a crowd-funding page on Fundrazr, and, if you feel you might like to help support this endeavour the link below, either clicked or copied and pasted, will take you to Dolls Houses Past & Present donation page.