Happy to be MAD

Saturday 1445 – 17th November 2012.

You are not going to get what you might expect from the title of this post though it is going to be a very happy one. I spent the last couple of days in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, but I didn’t do anything Shakespearian.  I did go to the Swan Theatre but not to see Shakespeare but to see a new adaptation of Pushkin’s Boris Godanov which was both passionate and thrilling.

This post is not about that but about somewhere else I visited, called MAD or the Mechanical Art and Design museum. Take a look at their website here

 I had SUCH a good time there and was allowed to take photos so thanks very much for that you MAD guys 😀 . I heard about this place a few months or so ago and determined to visit because I love all things “mechanical, weird and wonderful” to quote from MAD’s website. 

The founder Richard Simmons also says this

the term ‘Kinetic Art’ broadly encompasses the genre of the MAD museum and alongside wacky machines, we are keen to embrace the many fun and clever things that can be achieved with modern lighting technology. Steam Punk would also be a genre that deserves recognition within the museum”

      top of clock                                   bottom of clock


I can strongly recommend this place if you are ever in Stratford, it has lots of hands-on ( or feet-on!)  fun… press a button or stand on a foot switch and watch in awe as balls or marbles rattle around tracks made of wire and wood, or cogs whizz round, up  and down. I was a bit like a child in an old-fashioned toy shop!

Brilliant lighting effects too…  There is a description and stuff about each artist/maker.. all very interesting. There were very large pieces and very small and there is much more than I am showing here.

Right no more talk just some more photos to give you a flavour of what’s on offer, although still photos really cannot do this place justice.. a child or childlike adult’s paradise.

Huge light box – the lighting effects and colours were constantly changing


Below are 2 of the faces at the museum, what do they do?… well you’ll just have to go there and find out for yourself  😉


and finally…

Below is a rather gentle piece which was one of my favourites.. it didn’t rattle, whirr or have lighting effects. It just gently moved round making patterns in sand and rubbing them out again.. so restful


I hope you’ve enjoyed this little MAD visit

That’s all from me Saturday Girl, signing off ’til next week. Have a healthy,peaceful and fun one.


You can find my photography blog Photomania here I hope you’ll pop over and take a look if you haven’t already and I’m sure there will be lots from Stratford..



17 comments on “Happy to be MAD

  1. […] Oh, and back in 2012 I wrote about one of Stratford-upon-Avon’s other attractions, The MAD museum. You can read about this fascinating place by clicking HERE   […]

  2. Rachael says:

    Brilliant! I completely and utterly have to go there. Thanks!

  3. Carol Tacq says:

    This is a great place to visit. Roger and I went there a few months ago and found it fascinating. As always, your photographs are excellent, Helen.

  4. Lisa says:

    looks fabulous Helen love mechanical things both practical and artistic

  5. Caroline Warnes says:

    ooh looks great, I love bizarre mechanical contraptions 🙂

  6. bananabatman says:

    This looks like a place worth visiting Helen. You images capture it well. You say that you were allowed to take photos. Do they normally discourage this?

  7. Pranav Lal says:

    Sounds like my kind of place. Do they have someone who can explain how everything works?

  8. scillagrace says:

    Ooh! Fascinating place! I am quite the “how does this work?” type, enthralled by Rube Goldberg stuff and all.

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