The Magical Machines of Rowland Emett
2 May – 6 September
Press release 17 April 2015
An exhibition trail across five venues:
Hove Museum Free admission
Brighton Museum Admission payable, members and residents free
Royal Pavilion Admission payable, members free
Booth Museum Free admission
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft Admission payable
Quirky automata, magical mechanical contraptions from the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and fabulous flying machines are among the whimsical and wonderful inventions of Rowland Emett (1906-1990).
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride a bicycle on the moon, or take to the skies in a magnificent flying kite machine? Get closer to the fantastical world of Rowland Emmett and his magical machines when you visit the five venues that make up this marvellous exhibition trail at the Royal Pavilion & Museums and beyond to Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. So bring the kids and join the dots as you follow the trail across Brighton & Hove and revisit scenes from classic children’s films and books and discover your inner eccentric inventor!
Some highlights from the trail: The Exploratory Lunacycle has brought its moon rock samples to Hove Museum; The Little Dragon Carpet Sweeper is cleaning in the Royal Pavilion; The Featherstone Kite Flying Machine has swooped into Brighton Museum; and at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft The Fairway Birdie is playing golf.
In collaboration with The Rowland Emett Society