Emett's Birmingham

A walking tour lead by Tim Griffiths of the Rowland Emett Society.


June 21 2014 • 11.00am
to 2.00pm


Meet at the entrance to St Paul's Church, B3 1QZ, Birmingham



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Frederick Rowland Emett (1906-1990) was a Punch cartoonist who, uniquely, turned his drawings into reality. He built a series of amazing machines in the post-war decades, the most famous of which appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Birmingham was Emett's hometown so this walk visits some of the buildings associated with him in the city centre finishing with a visit to see his machines on display at the Emett Exhibition in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

The 1.5 mile walk will visit the, now derelict, drawing office of Turner Bros. (see image above) in Cliveland Street where he worked on Frank Whittle's jet engine during the war to see a film of the space as it appeared in 1947*. The walk also takes in the Siviter Smith buildings in Ludgate Hill and Great Charles Street and the Birmingham School of Art where he studied.

This event is a collaborative project between Flatpack Film Festival and the Rowland Emett Society and runs in conjunction with Marvellous Machines: The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett, the largest ever exhibition of the work of Rowland Emett that runs at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery until 21st September 2014.

*Please note that the screening will last approximately 20 minutes midway through the walk, and will take place on the fifth floor of the old Turner Bros. building. It should be noted that there is no lift access and some of the flights of stairs are quite steep. Customers with access requirements are advised to contact Flatpack Film Festival prior to booking.

At 11am and 2pm
Total duration: approximately 90 mins

This event is part of Love Architecture Festival taking place in the RIBA West Midlands region throughout June 2014, view the full programme of exciting events