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Science Museum exhibition explores society and robots

12 May 2016

The Science Museum’s new Robots exhibition explores the deep-seated drive to recreate ourselves, revealing the 500-year story of humanoid robots.

Image courtesy of the Science Museum

Set in five different periods and places, the exhibition features a novel collection of over 100 robots, from a 16th-century mechanical monk to robots from science fiction and modern-day research labs. Twelve of the robots will be working models and you may even get the chance to interact with one.

Other highlights include:

• An articulated iron manikin from the 1500s
• Cygan, a giant 1950s Italian robot with a glamorous past
• One of the first walking two-legged robots

Book your ticket now for this intriguing exhibition and discover just how robots and society have been shaped by religious belief, the industrial revolution, 20th century popular culture and our dreams of the future.

Join the Kickstarter campaign to rebuild the UK's first robot 


Eric, the UK’s first robot, holds a novel place in our history. He is everything we now imagine a robot to be – a talking, moving mechanical person. Originally built in 1928 by Captain Richards & A.H. Reffell, Eric was one of the world’s first robots. Built less than a decade after the word robot was first used, he travelled the globe with his makers but then disappeared, seemingly forever. 

With your support, Eric will be rebuilt and saved for the nation as part of a permanent collection – but only after he has once more travelled the world as part of the exhibition’s international tour.


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