The House of Automata
Visit and Talk | Address on booking
Saturday 17 March 2018 - 11:00 until 12:00
The House of Automata, a specialist antique automata company, is based at their restoration studio in Forres.
Automata are mechanical moving figures, designed to entertain and impress: singing birds in gilded cages, dancing dolls and dramatic moving pictures. They often feature in television programmes such as The Antiques Roadshow and in Hollywood films.
Run by Michael & Maria Start, horologist and artist respectively, the business started restoring automata for clients in London before moving to Scotland 12 years ago. They ran a shop in central London supplying automata to a client list of museums, celebrities and collectors from all around the world. The studio/workshop in Forres is a private treasure trove of automata and provides a much needed means of keeping these entertaining antiques alive and working.
Michael and Maria will open their workshop doors and present an informative talk with demonstrations of rare automata for a limited number of people.
This event has been organised by the Highlands Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.