A unique exhibition of automata and mechanical moving toys will be displayed at Strawberry Hill, Twickenham from 16 June to 9 November 2014

‘Automata, a Collector’s Collection’ is a new exhibition featuring automata and other mechanical and moving toys, all of which will appeal to adults and children due to their ingenious design and witty characteristics.

 The automata and toys are from Sir Nicholas Goodison’s collection and will be displayed in the exhibition at Horace Walpole’s gothic castle for the first time. Sir Nicholas is the ex-Chairman of the Art Fund and of the Courtauld Institute of Art and during his time as Chairman of the Stock Exchange, he collected contemporary wooden and mechanical toys with automata during his extensive travels throughout the world.

 The exhibition will include traditional mechanical and hand-operated toys from countries including Britain, Germany, China and Japan, all of which will be displayed in the original 1700’s glazed display closets at Strawberry Hill.

Commercial toys dating from the 1950s onwards to major contemporary pieces by leading modern British makers will be featured. They have been collected by Sir Nicholas over a fifty year period since 1953.

Visitors will gain an understanding of how the toys work by a digital film which will accompany the exhibition showing the toys in action.

Sir Nicholas Goodison comments, ‘Strawberry Hill is a very special place and I am pleased to give my support with this exhibition of automata and mechanical toys. I hope that the exhibition will give visitors an insight into the contemporary craft of toys and especially, boost peoples’ interest in Horace Walpole’s gothic villa.’                

Visit strawberryhillhouse.org.uk for more information



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