“Automata are mechanical objects endowed with life by ingenious means.”
The House of Automata is a specialist automata company, restoring, advising on, and making automata to commission. Uniquely, over 20 years, we have gained expertise in most types of antique & modern automata. Our clients include collectors, auction houses, media and museums. We can usually give good advice on any automata question.
The House of Automata is a busy restoration workshop, however we are happy to show visitors around the workshop and collection by prior arrangement.The House of Automata
Field of Dreams
Tel – 07790 719 097 / 01309 691 212 Michael Start (“Clockwork Guru” The Daily Express)is a trained Horologist and Automata Historian 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. 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 please get in touch if you would like to visit the workshop or the collection.