A MODEL historian has analysed the model town in Wimborne, created a new 56-page colour souvenir guide for the attraction.

Brian Salter, historian and author, used the frustration of lockdown to catalogue Wimborne Model Town’s archive, containing material from more than seven decades.

And he has now published Wimborne’s Model Towns, which cross references the Model Town at King Street with its old site behind the Cornmarket.

Frustrated that the shutdown halted the development of his new exhibition venture, Brian now says that the time provided an opportunity not to be missed.

He said: “Lockdown kick started the Model Town archive project enabling the new book to benefit from material and images not seen before.”

Available directly from the popular visitor destination, Wimborne’s Model Towns – a Closer Look, Then and Now can also be found at other outlets in the town.