Glen trained as a model maker and had a life-long interest in making and collecting models of different kinds. After he came to the IHR he loved finding out about its history from old plans and photographs and people’s memories. Putting the two interests together inspired the idea of making a scale model of the IHR Huts. He researched the ground plan, elevations, and interiors, and made this accurate and detailed model in 1:41 scale. Glen carefully reconstructed the complicated roof shape and the chimneys, and even printed small advertisements visible in photos of the building.
Glen also made a video in which he showed the location of the Huts and talked viewers through the process of making the model. It's lovely to hear in the video how Glen developed the project, and how proud he was to work for the Institute. You can now watch this video online.
Glen’s family generously gave the model to the IHR. It was prepared for display by two members of the IHR staff, Justin Colson and Adam Chapman. Glen had some ideas about reconstructing the interiors of the Huts and this remains a potential digital project.