This weekend I visited the Victoria and Albert museum. The V&A was paid for from the profits of the Great Exhibition of 1851. That exhibition showcased the latest developments in industry and art. So it seems fitting that the V&A
Guest post by Catherine Jones. “That’s a bit Heath Robinson.” Is one of those phrases that you hear and might know that it means a machine or contraption that is a little bit strange,overly complicated or just looks plain dangerous.
After a year without the Model Engineer Exhibition it has been rebooted and is back with a new venue at Brooklands Motor Museum. Brooklands is located just 20 minutes away from the previous location of Sandown Park, just off a
This week I revisited Novelty Automation, for a talk by Tim Hunkin titled “Offensive Machines”. Talk Tim started out with a history looking at automata, amusement arcades and a variety of mechanical amusements. He included a couple of my childhood
My report on the World Maker Faire 2015 in New York can be seen in Model Engineer’s Workshop 236, available online, at WHSmiths and all good newsagents.
Costumes Quite a few people had dressed up for the Maker Faire. There were of course a number of boiler suits but there were also some more elaborate costumes. The life sized Mouse Trap crew were dressed in full vaudeville
“This way to robots”, “The robots are coming” said the signs. As well as the giant Robot Resurrection, there were lots of other robots at the faire. Some were the final project, some were to demonstrate some electronics and some
Magic Some might argue that all the exhibits at the Maker Faire were magical but there were some specific items that were brought in by professional magicians One of the people I was really looking forward to meet at the