Scottish War Blinded’s Modelling Paisley doll houses exhibited for second time

Posted: 19/12/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

Creative veterans who attend Scottish War Blinded’s Hawkhead Centre in Paisley are delighted that doll houses they made this year are being exhibited for the second time.

The Modelling Paisley project – part of Renfrewshire Council’s Townscape Heritage Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme 2 – brought together members to craft four scale doll houses of significant buildings in Paisley.

Michael stands with one of the model houses at the Paisley Museum exhibition

Guided by model makers Finch and Fouracre and Scottish War Blinded woodwork technician David Stewart, the veterans’ amazing finished creations were displayed at Paisley Museum in September.

And the incredibly detailed models can now be viewed at University of the West of Scotland (UWS) into the new year.

The model loom in one of the houses which was made by Mick Buchanan

Veteran Michael Gray, who worked on the project, said: “When we first got started on the project the centre hadn’t been open all that long. We members were still all strangers, and a lot of us hadn’t done woodwork since school. It helped us gel as a team.

“We had great guidance from the staff, and found we could do it. It was something of a self-discovery.

Veteran Jim sits with one of the model houses at the Paisley Museum exhibition

“A lot of us are stuck at home, and you feel you’re not really contributing and somewhat put to the side, but coming to the centre and working on a project like this you felt you were contributing something that was really worthwhile. We learned about ourselves, and we learned a bit about Paisley too.

“Coming to the Hawkhead Centre, you find you can do something. You feel like you’ve discovered yourself.”

Veteran Mick Buchanan, who also worked on the project, added: “Working on the project with other people with sight loss, it showed me that if they can do it, then so can I.

“I liked working with my hands. I used to work for Scotland’s Heritage, so it was good getting that mindset back again.

“The project’s given me the confidence to take on more projects in woodwork.

“Having the houses on display, it’s good to see them all together. I’m pleased to hear they’ve gone on display to the public again. The more people that see them, the better. It’s really good for the centre as well so that people can see what we do.”

The free exhibition is running at the mezzanine of the UWS Campus, Paisley (High Street entrance) from Tuesday, December 18 to Friday, December 21, 2018, and then again from Wednesday, January 3 to Thursday, January 10, 2019. Open from 8am to 5pm each day.