Curator Ben Russell shares seven must see robots from the exhibition:

Robots takes you  on an incredible journey spanning five centuries, illustrated with robotic artefacts from around the globe from a 16th century mechanised monk to some of film’s most iconic robotic creations and the very latest humanoids:


Robots: 500 years in the making

How long ago do you think the first robot was made? 20 years ago? 50? 100? In actual fact the history of robots stretches back at least 500 years.

Find out more in this short documentary from Robots curator Ben Russell

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With additional support from:

Engineering and Physical Science Research Council
Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Switzerland
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
The Mercers' Company

With thanks to supporters of the automaton lathe conservation:

The Charles Hayward Foundation
The Worshipful Company of Turners
The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers
And all generous individual donors