Loading Events

Booking Information

Entry to the Special Exhibition is included with your museum entry ticket.

  • This event has passed.

The Heath Robinson Museum is proud to present an exhibition celebrating Mary Vermuyden Wheelhouse (1868 – 1947): British illustrator, toymaker and campaigner for women’s suffrage.

Wheelhouse is an artist who, in spite of her significant contributions to the history of British art, has perhaps never received the recognition she deserves. Despite a career illustrating books, crafting toys for Liberty’s and Harrods, and promoting the work of her fellow women artists, Wheelhouse’s work has never been shown in a solo exhibition.

Familiar with both the paintbrush and the placard, Wheelhouse was a dedicated suffragette. She helped found the Artists’ Suffrage League and exhibited with the Women’s International Art Club for many years, and was a tireless supporter of women artists, writers and crafters. This exhibition displays her vivid and detailed illustrations, as well as the wooden ‘Pomona’ toys she created with fellow artist and suffragette campaigner Louise Jacobs.

See three artistic careers overlap as Wheelhouse illustrates novels and stories, produces dynamic oil paintings and charms viewers of her delicate wooden dolls. Discover her legacy, not only as a fierce advocate for women’s rights, but also as a skilled, serious and endlessly versatile artist.

Banner image credit – The Women’s Library at LSE


Permanent Exhibition

Our permanent Heath Robinson exhibition combines original artwork with books, photographs, film & digital media to tell the full story of Heath Robinson’s artistic career.

30 Mar - 21 Jun

Modernist Magazine Illustration

The cartoonist turns his hand to magazine illustration! Explore Heath Robinson’s art for literary magazine covers, articles, and stories in this exhibition of a lesser known part of his work, produced throughout the 1920s and 30s.

29 Jun - 22 Sep

Michael Rosen: The Illustrators

The exhibition highlights the interplay between writer and illustrator. Michael Rosen’s children’s writing has delighted generations – and now a landmark exhibition journeys through his life and career via a selection of original illustrations from his books.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter

Sign up to receive Heath Robinson Museum and West House Pinner emails. We won't get in touch often and you can unsubscribe at any time

Thank you! You have successfully subsribed.

WordPress Cookie Notice by Real Cookie Banner