This is the sound of an 18th century bird box by Jaquet Droz. The owner had never heard it sing until our restoration:

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'Secrets of Automata' - Out Now!

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The World famous 'House of Automata' specialises in  AUTOMATA old and new and is run by Michael and Maria Start,  award winning  horologist and skilled sculptor and painter respectively, assisted by fine arts graduate Hector.  We run a restoration workshop and an exciting  exhibition of automata in Forres, Scotland.  

Restoration -  we have more than 30 years experience restoring and conserving automata both antique and modern, we also make automata and have a range of automata for hire.  Our restoration clients include collectors, auction houses and museums. Media credits include The Woman in Black, Hugo & many episodes of The Restorers.

Exhibition - Rare antique and modern automata, unique in the UK.

‘An experience that’s surprising and fun’ - TM York

‘An entertaining ride straight down the middle of uncanny valley’ - JK, USA

Black Forest Magician




SATURDAYS 10-1pm .

 SHOP and Restoration Workshop

EXHIBITION of Automata 

SATURDAY SALON -  Special event at 2.30pm on the last Saturday of every calendar month. A seated live show with automata perfoming including rare and spectacular pieces and backstage tour of workshop. Tickets £15. Advance booking essential.

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