"Morningside Cottage" DVD
A 1/12th scale miniature of Miss Marple's cottage in Agatha Christie's books.
As seen through the eyes of Sarah Salisbury and constructed by Pam Throop.

    Sarah Salisbury, the inveterate collector of miniatures, would be so happy that so
    many people in the miniature world would have so much interest in her collection of
    “Morningside Cottage” or as some know it as “Miss Marple's Cottage.” She once
    told me that this was the epitome and the finest house with all its furnishings and
    accessories in her vast collection. Everything in the cottage was handcrafted.
    Miniatures that she had collected all over the world, but mainly in England are
    represented in this dwelling. Most are from the best and well known miniature
    artisans. Pam Throop was commissioned by Sarah to build the cottage and over a 5
    year period she and Sarah collaborated to complete this outstanding project. It was a
    labor of love for both and the end result is a miniature that was above all others in
    her collection.

    When Pam delivered the cottage to Sarah, we had a party at Sarah’s house to
    decorate and furnish it. Lynda Bauer, Eleanor Taylor, Jacqueline Getzan and myself
    spent more than 8 hours filling the cottage with all the miniatures that Sarah had
    been collecting for the past 5 years. She laughed that she thought that there were
    enough miniatures to fill two cottages, but we found a place for everything. It all
    came together as an almost spiritual experience. When we finished we did not
    realize then what a collaboration of “creating” had taken place. Some artisans that
    were commissioned to make specific miniatures for the cottage were unaware that
    they would be involved with such a project. It was because of Sarah and Pam and
    their devotion to this cottage that it all came about. The cottage was truly Sarah’s
    favorite and Pam also felt that this was her finest work.

    This video is a tribute to Sarah, Pam and all the artisans and friends of Sarah that
    were involved. It will memorialize Sarah’s love of miniatures. Unfortunately, Sarah
    being very shy about seeing herself on camera, did not want to be interviewed for
    the video. Also I was not able to document all the artisans whose furnishings and
    accessories are shown on the video.  Pam was very gracious to allow me to go to her
    studio and she relates so much history and techniques about the cottage that this
    alone is a treasure on the video. It is also interesting to see the actual studio where
    Pam worked on her wonderful houses.

    I remember one time when Sarah had a group tour in her home to view her miniature
    collection. As her collection was quite extensive it took awhile for the group to view
    all the rooms that held her miniatures. The “Morningside Cottage” was in one room
    all by itself and one could walk around the table and view the cottage at their leisure.
    The interesting thing was is that I had this video playing on Sarah’s TV and
    everyone was sitting watching the video because it showed more close-ups of the
    rooms than you could view in person in the next room.
    I am still overwhelmed to this day, after more than 20 years, that I was so fortunate
    to have made this video and to experience this awesome miniature.

    It is sad that Sarah and Pam have both passed on and will no longer be able to enjoy
    the miniature world they so loved.

    Jacqueline Getzan
Morningside Cottage
Copyright (c) 1978-2020 J. Getzan
     In the introduction to the video, J. Getzan says that this is not a Hollywood
    production, but it is an opportunity most of us would never have otherwise to
    explore every nook and cranny of Sarah Salisbury's "Morningside Cottage." Her
    home for the fictional Miss Jane Marple, which Sarah commissioned Pam Throop to
    build, was featured in October 1990 Nutshell News. Its rooms and furnishings were
    discussed in several of Sarah's earlier "Private Eye"columns,  After seeing the
    video you may want to refer to them again.
     We are grateful that this video project was undertaken by a miniatures artisan,
    someone who understands and appreciates just how superb this house is, and one
    who would not talk down to us. The exterior of the cottage is thoroughly explored.
    (And it is magnificent!) Inside, every room is seen at least once, (although not
    always in the expected order) with many good close-ups of individual furnishings.
    The music is pleasant and unobtrusive, but we yearned for a real tour guide who
    would give us more description of the rooms and their furnishings.
     We particularly appreciated the introduction for its background information and
    photos of the actual English cottages on which Pam Throop based her design, and
    we enjoyed the visit to Pam's workshop at the end of the video. A nice touch.
     JD for Nutshell News
A Review of the video in Nutshell News, August 1991
Included with the DVD is a personal letter by Sarah Salisbury
relating how "Morningside Cottage" took place.