Marvellous Machines!

It’s over a week since ‘Marvellous Machines: The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett’ opened in the Gas Hall, and after a month of hard work from the museum’s team and a host of other people, particularly the Rowland Emett Society, it’s fantastic to see people of all ages enjoying the exhibition.

A family enjoying the exhibition

A family enjoying the exhibition

With so many large working machines, the installation had challenging elements, not least getting all of the machines into the museum. They were delivered in several large lorries and the crates containing the machines needed to be offloaded using a forklift truck. So if anyone passed through Margaret Street a few weeks ago and saw a forklift going down the road with a large crate, that was probably us!

You can watch the film below to see the machines arriving and being installed into the exhibition:

There have been some lovely discoveries along the way, particularly seeing all the machines up and running for the first time. I’ve had a great time picking out all the tiny details in them – one of my favourites is the cheese-grater auto-pilot in the Featherstone Kite! And Emett’s Punch cartoons are beautifully drawn and full of humour.

The cheese-grater auto-pilot in the Featherstone Kite

The cheese-grater auto-pilot in the Featherstone Kite

Featherstone Kite Machine

The ‘Featherstone Kite’ Openwork Basketweave Gentleman’s Mk11 Flying Machine

I was new to Emett but I’m certainly a fan now and I hope that lots of people will be able to discover and rediscover his wonderful work over the summer.

‘Marvellous Machines: The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett’ is on in the Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from 10th May – 21st September 2014. Ticket prices are  £5 Adult, £3 Child (3-15 years), £3 Concessions (Students, Seniors), £2 Unwaged (proof of eligibility must be shown), £10 Family Ticket (4). For more information visit: www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3160.

A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley

A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley

Katie Hall,
Exhibitions Officer

 

 

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