Rowland Emett's "Heath Robinson Clock" - Merrion Centre

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Postby Phill_dvsn » Sat 05 May, 2012 1:18 pm



Here's a photo of it, is it still in place does anyone know?    


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Postby Phill_dvsn » Sat 05 May, 2012 1:29 pm

Here's a cracking video of the crazy contraption being built at Crackpot cottage Laugh
http://www.britishpathe.com/search/query/EMETTS/playlist/1
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Postby Phill_dvsn » Sat 05 May, 2012 1:43 pm

So is this still in the Merrion then?
There does seem a lack of photos of it, and hardly anything in Leeds, If it has gone, then where is it?
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Postby Leodian » Sat 05 May, 2012 3:15 pm

Phill_dvsn wrote:
Here's a cracking video of the crazy contraption being built at Crackpot cottage Laugh
http://www.britishpathe.com/search/query/EMETTS/playlist/1


That is a fun video with a great commentary. Loved the secret location bit. Regular Smiley

As to the contraption it has not been in the Merrion Centre for a long while (probably several years now). If I recall right even the Christmas festive animated display was not there at least last Christmas. If they are no longer being displayed somewhere I hope they are at least safely stored away.
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Postby Phill_dvsn » Sat 05 May, 2012 3:18 pm

Thanks Leodian, we need to find out where it is and get it back I reckon!

There are only two of them, the other being in the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs, Arkansas.    
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Postby BJF » Sat 05 May, 2012 3:24 pm

the vacuum cleaner was on display in one of the unoccupied shops a couple of years ago. I presume the flying machine is in storage somewhere.
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Postby Caron » Sat 05 May, 2012 4:04 pm

Well I hope the Flying Machine is being cared for somewhere safe. I loved it. Brilliant! Thanks for the pic, Phill.
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Postby Johnny39 » Sat 05 May, 2012 5:05 pm

I seem to remember one of these Heath Robinson type mobiles being on display in Lewis's store in the early 50's.
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Postby LS1 » Sat 05 May, 2012 6:43 pm

Johnny39 wrote:
I seem to remember one of these Heath Robinson type mobiles being on display in Lewis's store in the early 50's.

There are some in the old top foyer of the Odeon in the Merrion Centre. Not the flying machine but some others.
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Postby Phill_dvsn » Sat 05 May, 2012 8:31 pm

Here is a video of some of Rowland Emmets inventions in motion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apCGmsbFdQQ

Personally I think the guy is amazingly talented, it's true eccentrics like him that make the world a far more interesting place!!
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