At long last we have completed our snapshot look at the past 45 years of the B.15 Modelmaking workshop at the University of Manchester.


It’s been challenging and fascinating taking this from an idea to reality over the last year. We’ve had a lot of fun putting this all together and hope you learn and enjoy it as much as we have.


It goes without saying that there’s a lot of thanks to others for helping us along the way. In particular we’d like to acknowledge Louise & Saul Parker-Backhouse and Paul Thornber who went above an beyond the call of duty to give their time and help us get this fantastic collection on display.

If you’re not joining us this evening for the private view we’ll see you soon to start making exhibits for the next one…

Scott and Jim

New B.15 Photographic Studio

After a lot of re-ordering, cleaning and a successful equipment bid, we now have a photographic studio at our disposal!

This will come in handy for documenting your completed work straight  out of the workshop at a high standard. We currently have a white backdrop in place and are awaiting delivery of grey and black as well. As projects are completed and photographed we will most likely include them on a dedicated page here on the blog for all to see.

Over the next week or so we will be getting an idea of how this area will be used so please bare with us whilst we figure out what suits your needs best.

Should you want to use the facility please don’t hesitate to ask either myself or Jim.

We look forward to seeing some great photographs of your finished work.


Isometric Drawing of St Paul’s Cathedral

During our recent store clearance we came across this amazing print packaged away. This famous isometric drawing of St Paul’s Cathedral in London was originally drawn over a period of 5 years in ink by hand between 1923 and 1928 as is described on the drawing itself. These kind of drawing skills are a real dying art and I find them captivating to see particularly when printed at this scale.

St Pauls Picture (1)

On taking the frame out of the store we found the antique print to be very dirty so spent some time cleaning it and repairing the frame to put it out on display where it should be. We saw the original larger scale print of this drawing earlier this year on display in the V & A museum in London. I’m glad we now have our own copy to marvel at complete with natural ageing!

Pavilion Project (30) St Pauls Picture (2)We hope to have the picture on display somewhere near the workshop soon so be sure to have a good look at the staggering detail it shows.


Model Archive and our Photography Studio Proposal

Over the last few weeks we have been trying to clear our extremely cluttered model store to record and archive all of our historic models. This has proved a huge success and brought to light some great pieces we didn’t know we had! The collection is fascinating and gives a broad range of styles and techniques used over the last 30 or so years.

Model Store (15)H-08 (3)SI-03 (3)In ordering our store we have created some new space in which we hope to set up a photographic space to document your future work. This facility, providing we get funding, should be available sometime in early 2014. With this in place you will be in a better position to record your work before it leaves the building with high quality photos. This will also allow us to create a complete record of our produce and add to the already thriving Blog we have here.

Model Store (13)

Keep checking back here for more! Scott