John Usher Village
The miniature village displayed
by the museum is to honour the memory and unique skills of the late John
Usher. John was a member of the Usher family of Coniston who have been in
the building business locally for over 100 years. One project he was
involved with was the construction of Coniston's memorial to Donald Campbell
on the green adjacent to the T.I.C.
Miniature village at the Museum
Most of his buildings were
"inspired by" rather than "copies of" however he did do a few copies of
buildings, these included the famous "Bridge House" in Ambleside, the
"Round House" which stands on Belle Isle, Windermere (and is on display at
the museum) plus a detailed model of St. Andrew's Church Coniston. This
model is on display inside the church.
When John died, tragically, in 1993 he left the bulk of his estate to five Village organisations:
Coniston Village Institute
The model houses were put in storage where they stayed until the summer of 2000 when space became available here at the Museum. Special thanks must go to the dedicated volunteers who look after the village and to the general public who kindly give donations.