A top exhibit... no wind up

The Amazing Automata Tour in on show at the Alternative Technology Centre, Hebden Bridge
The Amazing Automata Tour in on show at the Alternative Technology Centre, Hebden Bridge

An exhibition of hand-crafted, self-operating machines is being held at the Alternative Technology Centre in Hebden Bridge.

The exhibition of automata from Cabaret Mechanical runs until July 31 and included in the 20-piece show is work by Anubis, Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead, Kazu Harada, Michael Howard, Ron Fuller, Peter Markey, Fi Henshall, Lucy Casson and Matt Smith.

Polly Webber, of the ATC, said: “The mechanical technology involved in the construction of automata spread to other areas such as the textile industry – where the invention of the cam, on which automata is based, made the power weaving loom possible and so the mills in the valley here used and directly benefited from this early technology.”

Admission is £3 for adults, £1 for children and is suitable for all ages. For further information, contact the ATC on 01422 842121 or email info@alternativetechnology.org.uk.

The ATC is open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 4pm, and weekends, from 12pm to 4pm.