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Marvellous Machines: The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett open Saturday

Marvellous Machines: The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett open Saturday

9th May 2014

This summer, curious minds of all ages are invited to step inside the whimsical and wonderful world of machines and cartoons by eccentric English inventor Rowland Emett, as Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery hosts the largest ever display of his extraordinary creations.

 ‘Marvellous Machines: The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett’ (open daily 10 May – 21 September 2014) will give visitors a unique opportunity to explore the legacy of this true British icon through his fantastical mechanical contraptions, alongside paintings and cartoons. The quirky moving machines, or automata as they are known, includes items from the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, fantastical flying machines and a bicycle for cycling across the moon.

Andy Horn, Exhibitions Manager at Birmingham Museums Trust comments, “We are delighted to be hosting this amazing exhibition, and have no doubt visitors will be inspired and amazed by these incredible machines. We’re working closely with the Rowland Emett Society and are very proud to be displaying the work of this inspirational character, especially as he lived and worked in the city of Birmingham for some 30 years.”
Tim Griffiths, founder of the Rowland Emett Society said, “With this exhibition we aim to introduce Rowland Emett and his amazing machines to a new generation. He was a very familiar figure during the post-war decades but has been largely forgotten - until now. We will have twelve of the fifteen machines known to have survived in the UK on display alongside many of his distinctive original drawings.”
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery won’t be the only place in Birmingham to see the work of Rowland Emett. From May – September, Millennium Point will be the temporary home of Emett’s gigantic clock, usually on display at Victoria Shopping Centre, Nottingham

Alongside the exhibition of giant contraptions and artwork at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, there will be a programme of events and activities for visitors of all ages to explore.

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