The Marvellous Mechanical Museum – June 2018
30 June 2018 – 30 September 2018, 11am – 5pm
Promising to be both fascinating and visually stunning, The Marvellous Mechanical Museum will bring a host of historic and contemporary mechanical marvels to Compton Verney.
Beginning with the creations and mechanical exhibitions of the 17th and 18th centuries – a period often regarded as a ‘golden era’ of automata – the exhibition explores how such machines have long fascinated not only their own makers and wealthy patrons but the general public alike.
The publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1818 ushered in a new era of interest in automata – often referred to as the first work of Science Fiction – the exhibition will explore the literary creations of other beings: mechanical, virtual or, in the case of Frankenstein’s monster, those created through electrochemistry. The exhibition will also feature the whimsical creations of inventor Rowland Emett, set designer for the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in particluar, his largest and lastest creation, A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley and a host of Contemporary Automata makers and artists.