Tim Hunkin originally trained as an engineer and then became a cartoonist (drawing a strip for the Observer called ‘The Rudiments of Wisdom’ for 15 years). He then wrote and presented three series for Channel 4 called ‘The Secret Life of Machines’. For the following next ten years he worked for museums, building interactive exhibits and curated and designed exhibitions. In 1986, Tim built the Chiropodist, for Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, a piece that required people to insert their foot into the “treatment bay.” The success of this piece resulted in several more coin operated machines being developed for Cabaret. These machines and many new ones are now featured at Southwold Pier in Tim’s current obsession, his ‘Under The Pier Show’ amusement arcade.