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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The 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


OPEN from March 15th - THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS  10-4pm &  SATURDAYS 10-1pm .

WINTER BREAK  - Exhibition & Shop CLOSED - Re-Opens MARCH 15th, 10am. (seen us on David & Jays Touring Toolshed?- give us a call and we will be happy to open the exhibition for you before March 15th).

Restoration Workshop open as usual.

GIFT SHOP and Restoration Workshop


SATURDAY SALON -  Starting in March 2024 at 3pm on the last Saturday of every calendar month, live demonstrations of rare & entertaining antique automata in a drawing room setting. Tickets £15 /12.  Limited places, advance booking essential.

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