About this website

We aren't clever enough to understand why people have an urge to collect, but we recognise that it is a basic, and even primal human urge.   People the world over collect things - coins, books, cacti, stamps, mineral specimens, china pigs, sporting memorabilia . . . The list is endless.   Our fascination is with Peggy Nisbet's wonderful dolls.

Over the years, as our collection grew, it was soon too big to fit into our display cabinets - and much of it is now neatly packed away.   Wrapped in tissue, and safe in plastic crates.   Hidden in cupboards.   Mostly unseen.

This set us thinking.  

Isn't it a bit greedy to have a collection that is so big that you can't display more than a small part of it at a time?   Isn't it also a little selfish?   We felt like a couple of Tolkien's dragons, guarding our secret hoard of Nisbet treasure, now grown so big that even we couldn't be sure of what we owned!

We had, in our researches, spent some time in the Somerset town of Weston-super-Mare, where Peggy Nisbet lived and worked, and had her dollmaking business.   The North Somerset Museum, (formerly the Woodspring Museum), had a very nice collection of Nisbet dolls on show, but each time we visited, it was always the same - frozen in time.   Then, on a visit in 2003, the main part of the museum had been filled with lots of new displays, showing many more Nisbet dolls than previously.

Nisbet enthusiast Janet M, had the excellent idea of offering her collection of dolls to the museum for a temporary exhibition, to mark the 50th Anniversary of Peggy Nisbet's debut as a dollmaker.

We were very impressed.  

Janet had found a great way to showcase the world of Nisbet dolls, celebrate the anniversary, and share her collection with a wider audience.

Perhaps this was something we could do, too.  

A chat about our interest in Nisbet dolls with the Museum Curator resulted in us being invited, (along with a number of other collectors), to bring some dolls to a "Nisbet Doll Day", in the late autumn of that year.   (Other collectors attending included Janet M, and Sue Brewer, the well known author of many books on various doll subjects, who had a particular interest in Nisbet Vinyl dolls).  

Liz, our curator friend, was excited by the range and variety of the dolls we had brought along, and we were offered the chance to mount a temporary exhibit the following year, showcasing Prototypes, Samples, and Rarities.  In 2004, we staged our first exhibition.

Over the next five years, we were privileged to work with the Curator and staff of North Somerset Museum, and by the time we had to stop, (Due to Arthur's work and travel commitments), we had been able to stage 6 exhibitions, which ran from June 2004 to May 2010.

We look back on those times and exhibitions with a great deal of fondness and affection - Not least because of the warm and friendly welcome we recieved from the Museum staff, and for the friends we made there. 

Once work on the exhibitions had stopped, we realised there was a little gap in our agenda.   But how to fill it?   We had toyed with the idea of perhaps producing a book about the dolls, but eventually, the idea of a website emerged.   Not being very computer savvy, it took us a while to understand how it would work, and to get to grips with all the technical stuff, but eventually, we got it all together - and here it is!

We feel that an unseen collection is a sterile and dead thing, and firmly believe that the real joy of owning a collection is in the sharing of it.   This website allows us to offer our Nisbet dolls for all to see, wherever they are in the world.   

We hope you will enjoy sharing this on-line display with us - It's not complete, (and may never be so), but if you have a doll not shown here, or can correct any mistakes you see, please do tell us!   We hope this website will become the only resource that any Peggy Nisbet doll collector (or seller) will ever need to refer to, for research, identification, and understanding the history of their dolls. 

But we can't do it by ourselves - if you can offer any information that might be of interest to other Nisbet collectors, please do get in touch!   

Most of all, we hope that your visit here is enjoyable and informative, and that you come back soon!


21st September 2023


Important Announcement


My dear wife, Christine, passed away on the 8th December, 2021after 8 weeks in hospital. I was by her side, when she slipped away from me peacefully, with no pain or suffering.


Chris had been struggling with a slow decline in health, associated with a progressive, untreatable, and ultimately terminal lung disease, and finally succumbed to her old adversary, Pneumonia.


We had been friends for 55 years, together as a couple for 50 years, and married just a month short of 48 years, when she died.   


This website was Chris's idea, and I did all the technical stuff, to make it work.   After news of Chris's passing reached her close friends in the doll collecting world, I was deeply touched and gratified to hear their tributes to my dear wife, and I must thank them all for their kindness and support.   Ultimately, it was her doll friends that gave me the courage to continue with the website.


In the months before her eventual hospitalisation, Chris had outlined a number of additions and changes she wanted to make to the website, and it is my intention to honour those wishes, and to implement the changes we had considered, over the coming weeks and months.


I must apologise to all those who have written to us via the website, only to have your emails go unanswered.   Unfortunately, the email system had been hacked aroung the time Chris was going into hospital, and many emails must have been lost, as a result.


As you might imagine, I felt completely broken by Chris's loss, and it is only now, almost 22 months after her passing, that I have felt strong enough to even look at the website again.   


My aim is to continue with the website, and to implement Chris's aims for her many new ideas as soon as I can.   In the meantime, I have hopefully got the email system sorted out, and I will attempt to answer any enquiries as soon as I can, and to send replies with the same high degree of accuracy that a reply from Chris would have had.


From now on, I will be flying solo, whilst my co-pilot and guide will be soaring much higher, (though she is always in my heart, and in my thoughts).


My thanks to all our website visitors for your continued support


Dave (also known as Arthur), and Chris, (my lost love, Guinevere)


Christine Poulten

25th December 1949 - 8th December 2021