A crowdfunding attempt is under way to try and put on an exhibition of wacky designs by Rowland Emett in a Birmingham museum.


OK, it’s not London (glares!), but as an owner of an Emett print, I cant help but feel that a room filled with the largest of Emett’s machines ‘A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley’ laid out as he originally intended should be pretty impressive.

This amazing machine is currently stored in crates, as are so many of Emett’s whimsical creations, and needs to be on view to the public to be truly appreciated.

With a few exceptions, there is little of his work on permanent display in the UK, but now the newly formed Rowland Emett Society is working to change that.

Birmingham’s Science Museum has offered some exhibition space, and funds are now needed to stage and run the exhibition and showcase Emett’s fascinating work in Birmingham.

You can read more and make a donation here



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  1. GT says:

    I was 5 when I rode on the Far Tottering & Oyster Creek railway as part of the Festival of Britain exhibition(s)
    It was in Battersea Park, IIRC

  2. Pete says:

    Rowland Emett’s recently restored piece: ‘The Aqua Horological Tintinnabulator’ at the Victoria Centre, Nottingham…


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