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From May 2023 we are restarting our popular ‘Automata Experience’, a guided tour that starts with an interactive exhibition of modern automata and a display of rare antique automata. As featured on Atlas Obscura Informal talk with demonstrations of some of the finest automata in action. Behind the scenes tour of the workshop.   Duration:  approximately one hour You will see close …

Automata Magazine

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The only magazine about Automata in the world. Published online with optional print editions 6 times a year. The articles are written by makers and specialists who cover every aspect of making and collecting automata. Below is the article on The House of Automata in the latest edition. I have added the Index page at the end to show the …

Little Tich ‘Giant’ of the Music Hall

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Little Tich came to us in a very sad and bedraggled state. He had been stored in a damp garage for many years and was dead on his feet at a precarious angle. The mechanism was rusted and broken, the original suit and hat were almost completely eaten by moth and his famous big boots no longer fit for the …

AUTOMATA on ‘Salvage Hunters – The Restorers’

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Salvage Hunters – The Restorers,  Series 5 Wednesdays 9pm on Quest TV,  channel 12 and on Discovery Plus. Michael and Maria are on TV with two spectacularly eventful automata restorations.  Episode 2 Wednesday 6th April 2022 we tackle a large clockwork Acrobat Automaton who comes to us in a terrible condition.  After a painstaking restoration he is returned to his former …

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! 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 …

Live Instagram Show

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LIVE WEBCAST only on INSTAGRAM Tuesday 22nd June at 9pm UK time (gmt+1).  THE FEMALE AUTOMATON a 20 minute Cabaret featuring Mechanical Women automata U.K 21:00 New York 16:00 Los Angeles 13:00 Your Badge ❤️ support for this interactive demonstration of rare automata is much appreciated but entirely optional!