Phantasmagoria poster

Phantasmagoria Show – Last Few Seats!

An adventure in projection with many moving and mechanical slides projected in a grand drawing room. The animations date from 1820 and  accompaniment is by epic piano playing, the gramophone, music box and Theremin . This takes place in the Victorian seaside resort of Nairn (favoured by Charlie Chaplin) as part of the Nairn Book and Arts Festival. Wednesday 31st August 2016 7pm and 8.30pm.


Nairn Automata Poster

Exhibition of Automata

Exhibition of Automata, ‘Mechanical Wonders’ an interactive and exciting event currently on show until the 24th September at The Nairn Museum in Scotland.

Entry details at www.nairnmuseum.co.uk


“Automata are mechanical objects endowed with life by ingenious means.”

The House of Automata is a specialist automata company run by Michael and Maria Start. We restore, advise and talk about, and make automata to commission. The House of Automata also buys and sells automata, over the last 20 years many spectacular and beautiful pieces have passed through our hands.

We have in depth knowledge regarding the history of automata and hands on expertise of the mechanisms of most types of antique & modern automata. Our clients include collectors, auction houses, the media and museums.

We also hire and advise on automata and horology to the film industry. Michael and Maria jointly present lively and popular lectures and demonstrations of automata, using real examples.

Michael is an award winning trained Horologist (Clockmaker) and Maria is a skilled sculptor and painter. We are passionate about our subject and are happy to give advice on any automata question no matter how basic or complex, just drop us an email, include pictures if possible. To shop and buy automata visit our For Sale section HERE.

The House of Automata has a busy restoration workshop and a showroom on the edge of the Highlands of Scotland, visitors welcome by prior arrangement.


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Phantasmagoria Show - Last Few Seats!

An adventure in projection with many moving and mechanical slides projected in a grand drawing room. The animations date from 1820 and accompaniment is by epic piano playing, the gramophone, music box and Theremin . This takes place in the Victorian seaside resort of Nairn (favoured by Charlie Chaplin) as part of theNairn Book and Arts Festival. Wednesday 31st August 2016 7pm and 8.30pm.


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For Sale

We have a selection of automata for sale or hire. Take a look and if anything takes your fancy please contact us for details.

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Over the years we have worked on many fantastic projects. Please take a look at some of our finest moments.

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