Whats on at the museum

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Junior Modelling

Junior Drop In Modelling

Free school holiday Wednesday events on a 'drop-in', 'first come, first served' basis. At the end of a 30 minute session each child leaves with a completed model diorama and new modelling skills. These sessions are suitable for children from 5 years upwards. Tap for more details and dates.

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Madder Valley

Madder Valley Railway

John Ahern’s famous and pioneering Madder Valley layout is on permanent display. It is operated on selected days during the year.

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Adult Workshops

Weathering with an airbrush

This Workshop covers many aspects of using an airbrush for weathering model railways, from choosing appropriate equipment to applying the correct materials with relevant techniques. Tap for more information about the workshop and to book.

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Adult Workshops

Weathering without an airbrush

This Workshop concentrates on the hand-finishing techniques that can be employed to complement airbrush work or to use as stand-alone weathering treatments. It is an opportunity to try out and compare a number of materials. Tap for more information about the workshop and to book.

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Adult Workshops

Advanced weathering

This workshop is for modellers with basic weathering skills who wish to progress towards something more innovative and individual. You’ll be working under supervision on the project(s) of your choice, gaining confidence as you progress. Tap for more information about the workshop and to book.

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Adult Workshops

Detailing the Scene

This workshop covers a number of aspects of detailing the scenery on a model railway, from creating the landform to producing puddles, grassy areas, hedges, weeds and shrubs. Basic techniques will be discussed and used to create a small diorama. Tap for more information about the workshop and to book.

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Adult Workshops

Creating and painting figures

This workshop provides an opportunity to create unique figures based on each participants needs. Alan Buttler of ModelU scans each participant in a pose and dress decided by the participant. Tim Shackleton advises and coaches participants in how to paint miniature figures.

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Adult Workshops

Loco Chassis Construction: the Essentials

The early stages of building any model are critical. If key components aren’t straight, square, level and perfectly aligned from the start, then no amount of fiddling will ever put them right and the model will never run satisfactorily. This Workshop aims to encourage best practice in the fundamentals.

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Adult Workshops

Introduction to Control Systems

This workshop provides an introduction to modern control systems. It covers a brief review of model railway control systems, focused on DCC systems, and includes an exercise in setting up a system and operating a loco. Tap for more information and to book.

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Photography workshops

Advanced Skills in Photographing model railways

This workshop is an opportunity to learn from one of the top model railway photographers in a unique situation. Andy York provides images for both RMWeb (which he runs) and for the BRM magazine. The Workshop will have exclusive access to Pendon’s exhibits with the glass windows down.

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Exhibitions

Exhibition of 3D Photographs

New perspectives of The Vale

Anaglyph 3D photographs of the Vale Scene.

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Exhibitions

British 4mm Fine-scale Railway Modelling

Explaining its evolution

Celebrating the Scalefour Society.