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Eric: The UK's first robot

Originally built in 1928 by Captain Richards & A.H. Reffell, Eric was one of the world’s first robots. Built less than a decade after the word robot was first used, he travelled the globe with his makers but then disappeared, seemingly forever.

In May 2016, 861 backers joined our Kickstarter campaign to bring Eric back to life. Thanks to this support we worked with artist and robot builder Giles Walker to recreate Eric, keeping his appearance as close to the original as possible. 

Eric star in our Robots exhibition until 3 September 2017 and he will then once more travel the world as part of the exhibition’s international tour. To see Eric and over 100 incredible robots in the exhibition, buy tickets online or at any ticket desk in the Museum.



Kickstarter contributors

A huge thank you to the backers of our campaign – thanks to your generosity Eric has now been saved for the nation as part of our permanent collection.

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Eric: The UK's first robot

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