In fact the 'Body Shop', a series of three studios viewed as part of a museum visit, is Nigel's workshop where both the scale model 'dioramas' and all the life-size figures are built. The museum building itself is historic - an ex-cheese factory, built in 1917 - ideal for housing the large collection of local artefacts brought to life and given a social context with the models and figures.
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