A glimpse of English rural life around 1930 through extraordinary dioramas featuring railways, villages and landscapes.
Explore highlights from the Vale Scene - in preparation for your visit
Free family drop-in sessions — make your own diorama to take home.
Malcolm Smith will describe the history and techniques of brickmaking in Britain, focussing on the brickworks at Childrey that forms the basis of Pendon’s model.
An ambitious model of the countryside of the Vale of White Horse as it was in the 1930s. It captures in miniature an impression of the calm unhurried beauty of the past.
Part of an imaginary Great Western branch line meandering from South Devon into Cornwall.
A famous, pioneering layout on permanent display. It runs on specific days during the year.