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Jesuits and Clocks

The Catholic church has a history of giving scientists a hard time, but the Jesuits, founded by soldier Ignatius Loyola, were known as the Janissaries of Christianity, and openly embraced top quality child centred education, the theatre – they were pioneers in stage effects – and music and clockwork, all used for converting people. This … Continue reading

An Irish Clock

John Wesley was with his brother Charles, the founder of Methodism, but he is les well known for his interest in technology and science. This is from his journal. “On Monday April 27 1762, being at Lurgan in Ireland, I embraced the opportunity which I had long desired, of talking to Mr Miller, the contriver … Continue reading

A Must for Your Next Banquet

A Must for Your Next Banquet

This is a piece of automata from about 1585, showing a mediaeval galleon which formed the centre piece of the finest banquets. It began with a tune by an organ inside the hull, then travelled across the table, ending with several guns firing.

The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back

width=”300″ height=”168″ class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-10258″ /> This is a wonderful automata from the Victoria and Albert Museum, showing how passive those pesky colonials could be. It is Tipo the tiger, an automata owned by Tipu Sultan who died after a battle with the East India Company in Seringapatom, India in 1799. They brought it to … Continue reading