Currently viable crafts


Automata making


The making of self-operating toys such as clockwork toys and musical boxes.


Status Currently viable(see ‘Other information’)
Craft category Toys and automata
Historic area of significance
Area currently practised
Origin in the UK
Minimum no. of craftspeople required
Current no. of trainees
Current no. of skilled craftspeople
Current total no. of craftspeople






Local forms




Issues affecting the viability of the craft


Support organisations


Craftspeople currently known

There is a list of makers on the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre website.


Other information

According to the British Toymakers Guild, automata making is thriving and is of ‘least concern’.