Automata – 19th Century Home Entertainment

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Join us at David Parr House for an evening of sights and sounds from a clockwork age!

Day & timeThursday 3rd March, 7pm
CostTickets via a donation
VenueVirtually – via Zoom – a link will be sent to your email address prior to the event

Maria and Michael Start run The House of Automata from the Highlands of Scotland. As restorers and dealers in antique automata for over 30 years, they are the European specialists in these enchanting and surreal objects.

As well as an insight into how they were used and some secrets of restoration, this presentation will introduce some highlights from their large personal collection of automata. Demonstrations of mechanical singing birds, musicians and impressive acrobats, to pieces featured in film and TV productions such as HUGO and the terrifying monkey from The Woman in Black.

There will also be insights into how working together as a family team, much like the 19th Century makers in Paris, makes caring for and restoring these objects of wonder possible.


The talk lasts approximately one hour.

This is an online talk via Zoom. Please click on the following link to book your tickets – David Parr House.

Numbers for the talk are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

A link for the event will be sent via email on the day of the event. All our events are UK time and our events are live and personal, so will not be recorded.

All money raised from our talks goes towards maintaining David Parr House – thank you for supporting us.

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