Automata For Sale
This is the sound of an 18th century bird box by Jaquet Droz. The owner had never heard it sing until our restoration:
“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, award winning horologist and skilled sculptor and painter respectively, assisted by fine arts graduate Hector. Together we run a busy restoration workshop and a permanent exhibition of automata in Forres, Scotland
We have in depth knowledge based on more than 30 years experience restoring and conserving automata both antique and modern, we also accept commissions to make automata.
The exhibition of rare antique and modern automata is 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
VISIT - THE HOUSE OF AUTOMATA
Open on MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAYS 10-4pm .
CLOSED for an event from September 25th, open again on October 4th
GIFT SHOP and Restoration Workshop
'Automata Experience' - We also offer a private behind the scenes guided tour (any time by app).
ADVICE – We are happy to give advice on restoration, value etc. Send us an email with pictures if you can.
TALKS – We present a range of talks & demonstrations.
HIRE – We hire Automata to the film & TV industry.