The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered 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

 

History

 

Techniques

 

Local forms

 

Sub-crafts

 

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’.

 

References