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ID number:  WB-HC0082
Institution:  Winterbourne House and Garden
Named collection:  Winterbourne War Collection
Artist / Maker:  Lord Roberts Workshop
Title / Object name:  Noah's Ark
Object type:  Toy
Date made:  1914-1919
Materials:  Wood; Paper; Metal

Noah's Ark with ten animals, made by wounded soldiers following first world war. Based on German wooden toys. The ark has a poem pasted into the roof. The ark has gothic windows painted on. Field Marshal Lord Roberts, who had won the Victoria Cross in 1857, had long campaigned for more to be done for ex-servicemen, especially those who had been disabled. He took a keen interest in the Workshops and became one of the Trustees. Following his death in 1914 while visiting troops in France it was decided, as a memorial to him, to expand the workshops and to name them after him.
By 1920 there were eleven Workshops around the country producing a wide variety of goods including basket ware, toys, beds and bedding and all types of furniture.

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