Seaglam Model Making Project
23rd April - 25th June 2013
Seaglam have decided to commemorate eight buildings that are of importance to Seaforth. These buildings have been demolished so we set up a modelling class where eight volunteers have been taught to build architectural copies to a smaller scale.
These models will be displayed permanently at the Bowersdale Centre in Seaforth.
The models that have been built are as follows;
- St Thomas's Church
- Seaforth House
- The Army Barracks
- Seaforth Overhead Railway Station
- Stella Cinema
- Seafield House
- The Sandy Road Lamp
- The Seaforth to Crosby Tram-car
We were fortunate in that all course members were very keen and highly motivated. They all, at some point, willingly took work home to ensure completion of the three main models.
David Norton is an architectural technologist currently looking for employment. His technical knowledge and access to the photographs of the police station were extremely useful for the Model Building Project. David has incorporated his Seaglam model building experience into his CV and since completing the course he has already had one job interview and has been called for a second interview with the same company.
Thomas Little is very practically minded and as a result of the model making course has started building models at home. At the start of the course he constructed bespoke tools to make it easier for members of the class to transfer component drawings to the building material. So keen was Thomas that towards the end of the course he emailed the tutor to ask for extra homework.
Michael Murray had plenty of experience in building matchstick models before starting the course. On the course he learned different techniques and adopted the use of new tools. Michael kept his course tutor occupied constantly asking for homework. As a result of the course Michael is now constructing his own matchstick model of St Thomas Church.
Jim Finn is a man with many interests and talents and was obviously keen to add model building to his list of experiences. Jim was always the first to arrive for class. He is very easy to get on with and worked well with Malcolm Terry, when a two-man team was required to assemble the main components of each building.
Malcolm Terry has really taken to model building and has a good eye for detail. He is able to work out tricky assemblies from limited instructions. Malcolm is a modest man, when praised for a particular piece of work he was slightly taken back – he had completely forgotten that he built it.
Andrew Savage Joined the model making course primarily because he wanted to learn how to construct model buildings so that he could use the skill to create his own model railway. Andrew said: "I picked up some good working ideas".
Margaret Brown completed the 'apprentice piece' successfully, but her real contribution was in researching St Thomas Church. Over the years the Church was extended twice, bombed, modified and repainted. Margaret unearthed useful information that allowed us to create an accurate representation of the church as it would have looked in Gladstone's day.
LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY TRIP
Traditional model building tools and materials were used during the course. To provide, however, as wide an experience as possible students were given the opportunity to see 21st century construction techniques on a visit to the university of Liverpool. Steven Bode had used their impressive 3D printing machines to create a model of Sandy Road Lamp; an important gathering place in Seaforth history.