The Magical Machines of Rowland Emett

2 May – 6 September 2015

Admission payable for some venues

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).

Rowland Emett, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Rowland Emett Rocking Chair

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 Booth Museum; The Featherstone Kite Flying Machine has swooped into Brighton Museum and at Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft The Fairway Birdie is playing golf.

In collaboration with The Rowland Emett Society

Please note: We are very sorry but there is no Rowland Emett machine on display at the Royal Pavilion as advertised in the May-August 2015 What’s On.