Meet Eric

In keeping with our theme of progress, we are delighted to welcome Eric to the Institute of Engineering and Technology. Eric was the UK's first robot and has recently been rebuilt by the Science Museum.  Created less than a decade after the word robot was first used, Eric was quintessentially British and deemed an almost perfect man by the New York press.  Eric's first public performance was on 20 September 1928, when he opened the Society of Model Engineers' annual exhibition 'with a really sparkling speech'. The society had originally invited the Duke of York to open the event but he declined, so Captain W. H. Richards decided as 'it is a mechanical show, let us have a mechanical man to open it' and started work on creating Eric. 

This will be Eric's first appearance at a conference since he disappeared, after travelling the globe with his makers, visiting the UK, US and Europe.

Eric has been in the recent UK and international press too... read some recent articles about the project here:

BBC News

The Telegraph


Tech Times


We are proud to have supported the Kickstarter campaign to rebuild Eric and look forward to hearing from both Eric and the curator of the Science Museum's new Robots exhibition, Ben Russell about the enormous progress in robotics over the last century.

Watch Ben talk about the project on the Science Museum blog.





Register here for the Charity Investment Forum -

Thursday 17th November - 9.15 - 14.15

The Institution of Engineering and Technology
Savoy Place


Where has Eric been?

Please send photos of your own pop-up Eric the Robot to and we'll post our favourites. A prize for the most well-travelled Eric will be awarded at the Forum.

Please also email us to request your own pop-up Eric.

Eric at "The Bridge"

Eric at the Houses of Parliament

Eric at Kenwood House

Eric at the London Eye

Contact Cazenove Charities

Achieving your charity's investment objectives takes time and thought. To find out how we can help you please contact:

James Brennan

James Brennan

Portfolio Director