I hope I am posting this in the right place.
The Rowland Emett Society will be holding its first convention in Leeds this year, probably the weekend of 19th/20th October, and we want to have a display of railway models inspired by Emett.
We have chosen Leeds because the two largest collections of Emett's surviving machines - what he called his 'Things' - are in Toronto, Canada and Leeds, UK. The Canadian collection has been on public display a number of times in recent years but the UK collection has only had limited exposure in the last twenty years. We are arranging a 'private viewing' of these machines (there are eight of them) for delegates attending the convention. This will be a rare opportunity to see the machines in action close-up. I have seen these machines in their current location and they are breathtaking. We are also aiming to arrange some interesting speakers. We have already got John Jensen, who presented one of the talks on Emett at the Cartoon Museum in 2009 lined up to take part, others will be announced as we get closer to the date. There will be a display of some of Emett's original artworks and 'Emettiana'.
Because Emett's work has been the inspiration to other artists and craftsmen we would like to feature some of these works at the convention, and we are therefore inviting cartoonists, automaton makers, steampunk artists, etc. to get in touch. What's relevant to the Gnatterbox is that we are also going to try and assemble a comprehensive collection of railway models inspired by Rowland Emett's ideas.
If you have anything which you could display - a complete layout or just a single model - please PM me or telephone 01594 834991. If you don't want to attend the convention yourself I will try to arrange collection and return of models.
Finally a reminder that membership of the Rowland Emett Society is free - register at http://www.rowlandemett.com/
if you are interested. The website has had over 20,000 hits in the 10 months since it was launched and 380 people have joined, so there is more interest in Emett than we expected when we began.