Secrets of Automata – Out now in UK – USA Release on 1st of July!

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‘A mechanical lightning flash on every page ‘ CLICK HERE for more information & to order “I wanted to let you know that your book arrived yesterday and I’ve been reading it almost non-stop–it’s revelatory (literally and figuratively!). The text is always clear and precise, the images are thrilling and the production of the book, from the creamy, heavy stock …


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AUTOMATA DEMONSTRATIONS – On the last Saturday of every month ‘The Saturday Salon’ at 3.00pm. ‘The Saturday Salon’ is a talk about automata and our work with close up demonstrations of many rare and entertaining automata. Followed by special access to the museum collection and workshop.   The first in a series of special events for a small audience of 20 …

Mechanical Marvels Exhibition

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The shop with an interactive exhibition of automata is open at our 32 High Street premises on Thursday and Friday (10am – 4pm) and Saturdays (10am – 1pm) other times by appointment. The Automata Experience with workshop guided tour is available other days by arrangement.

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!