I am delighted to announce that the Rowland Emett Society has been formed and to invite all those who share an interest in his work to join.
You probably know that Rowland Emett was a cartoonist for Punch magazine, an artist, an inventor and a builder of mechanical 'Things'. Some of his more famous work to younger generations are the car and inventions that appeared in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. But to older generations his Emettland, Baked Potato Halt, and Home of the Future and many other weird and wonderful mechanical devices stick in the memory. For readers of this forum the Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Railway at the 1951 Festival of Britain is an unforgettable example of his genius.
But for how long will Emett be remembered?
With a few exceptions like the Water Clock in the Victoria Shopping Centre, Nottingham, there is nothing of his work on permanent display in the UK. Exhibitions of his machines can be seen in the US and Canada but much is in private collections.
The Rowland Emett Society has been formed to allow anyone interested in the work of Frederick Rowland Emett to discover more about his remarkable cartoons, artworks and machines.
The Society is open to all who are keen to preserve and promote his work and, initially will be engaging in compiling a comprehensive catalogue and gathering information about the current whereabouts of his original artworks and whimsical machines.
If you would like to join the Society, either to express your interest or help in gathering together Emettiana please go to the Login page of
There are no subscriptions to pay and the only qualification for membership is an appreciation of the works of Frederick Rowland Emett.
Hope to see you there! My name on the society forums will be driverfirebrace.