London Live talking to Stephen at the Rum Factory opening

Stephen talking to London Live at the Rum Factory studios opening

At long last Fire the Inventor now has a permananent work studio – in Wapping, London, called The Old Rum Factory. It’s in the old News International site, once known as Fortress Wapping. Thank you to Bow Arts and the developer St. George. We look forward to visitors as soon as the studio is up and ready for action.

See London Live’s coverage of the opening.




Fire the Inventor runs practical automata or mechanical toy workshops for schools, colleges, science centres, museums and special events. The workshops combine art, science and technology. Participants learn about the science of basic mechanisms and linkages while letting their creative imaginations run free.

There are a range of workshops suitable for schools and adults, and from formal learning to social and making-as-entertaining events.  A range of exhibits and demonstration models accompany the workshops, and there’s a crib sheet if you need to quickly get up to speed with the basics of how cams and cogs work.

Fire the Inventor is also about encouraging a hands-on making, crafting, inventing, tinkering and  repairing culture. And giving ourselves the time and opportunity to play around with a bunch of materials, and to (re)discover our creativity and hand-making skills.





Tim Hunkin
Engineer, cartoonist, broadcaster, artist. and creator of Channel Four’s “The Secret Life of Machines”. Wikipedia Biography of Tim Hunkin


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