“Automata are mechanical objects endowed with life by ingenious means.”
The House of Automata is the UK’s only specialist automata company, restoring, advising on, and making automata to commision. We have expertise in most types of antique automata, and many years experience in their sensitive restoration.
The House of Automata also welcomes visitors to ….
A micro Museum of inspiring wonders.
A interactive Exhibition, enjoyable and educational too.
A visible Workshop where you can see some of the restoration techniques.
A Shop full of curiosities, scientific wonders and moving gifts!
The House of Automata
Seapark, Kinloss, Forres IV36 3TT
Tel – 01309 691 212
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10 till 5pm
Michael Start is a trained Horologist, winning several awards for his practical and theoretical clockwork. In 1995, inspired by the legendary collector, Jack Donovan, Michael shifted his horological skills into the theatrical world of mechanical life. With work undertaken for many of the worlds collectors, auction houses, media and museums. Michael practises the arts of conservation, information & design.
Maria Start is a trained sculptor and artist, specializing in perfect colour matching and replacement body parts, from a single finger to a complete head. Maria uses traditional techniques and materials, with authentic papier mache and gesso recipes where required.
Interest in automata is increasing. Cogs, Gears and Automata are often featured in popular culture, film and television, where they are appreciated for their aesthetic, their power and the uncanny feeling that if it moves ….. its alive!
We are happy to be contacted with any questions regarding automata and browsers to The House of Automata are very welcome.