Automata in the modern age


Automata are mechanical moving figures; throughout history their lifelike movements have fascinated such creative minds as Da Vinci and Faberge.

One century ago however, production fell silent. Now though, in a fortuitous twist, the computer age is turning the gears of an automata revival. Michael and Maria Start who run the House of Automata in Scotland are two of the world's foremost restorers of antique automata. Here, they discuss their love for automata, and why more people are drawn to the craft.

Photographed, recorded and produced by Matthew Knight.