About Us

The Heath Robinson Museum is for students of illustration, lovers of landscape paintings, advertising enthusiasts and academics, dads building contraptions in sheds, believers in fairies, children with time to dream, couples stuck in tiny flats, people who put holes in cheese, artificial teeth testers and anyone who’s ever held something together with a bit of string. 

‘When you look across his work, William Heath Robinson really did document an era. He showed how people were living and he showed the mentality of people by gently – and sometimes subversively – poking fun at it. He had a lovely mockery towards modernism but at the same time enjoying the architecture and the way people lived. It’s as powerful and important as looking at a history book or a novel or indeed looking at great paintings. It’s wonderful that there is a special place for Heath Robinson’s work. I am over the moon.’

  • Michael Rosen, former Children’s Laureate, who was brought up in Pinner

‘Heath Robinson's drawings are like tiny films of a vanished time, caught in the amber of his exquisite draughtsmanship. We can smell them, taste them, feel their 19th century sunshine on our modern skins.’

  • Manjula Padmanabhan, India’s first woman cartoonist and creator of SUKI-YAKI in India's Business Line

‘Heath Robinson was a wonderfully humorous and influential cartoonist and illustrator, and we are delighted that money from National Lottery players has helped to create a place for the public to see his marvellous works. A.A Milne once said “One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries” – and just like this museum, no matter how many times you come back, you will always discover something new and surprising.’

  • Stuart Hobley, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London

Thank you to our 14-year old volunteer Zain Ahmed for his film of the Grand Opening of the Museum on 15th October 2016.

 

 

Job Roles

The Museum Manager is Lucy Smith and the Learning Officer is Claire Linge. We do not have any paid roles vacant at the moment, but if we do, they will be listed here.

View an interview with Lucy here.

The Museum is a partnership between The West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust (HRMT) and The William Heath Robinson Trust (WHRT). Below you can find details of the Trustees and some of the other volunteers involved.

We also rely on our wonderful team of volunteers for the Museum's success.

See volunteer vacancies.

People

Cynthia Wells

Chairman

Retired senior civil servant with 35 years' experience in policy-making, planning, negotiation and management. Since retirement, involved from the start with saving, fundraising and the restoration of West House.

Cliff Lichfield

Finance & Estate Manager

A retired accountant with 30+ years' management experience with multinational corporations.

Nick Coleman

Treasurer of The West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust

Keith Ferry

Deputy Leader of Harrow Council and Business, Planning & Regeneration Portfolio Holder

Stephen Wright

Stephen Wright is a Harrow councillor and represents the Council on the Board of Trustees.  He is Deputy Chairman of Trustees of the Arts and Crafts Hub, with special interest in the works of Evelyn and William de Morgan.

Veronica Chamberlain

Marketing and Fundraising Manager

Qualified in Marketing, with 30 years’ experience of marketing, fundraising and general management in industry and the voluntary sector, Veronica has also served as a Harrow councillor.

Jean Lammiman

Past Mayor of Harrow and longstanding trustee, Jean brings experience in global brand marketing and is Chair of Governors of a High School for local young people with special needs. She sits on the Museum's strategic marketing group.

Geoffrey Beare

Collection and Exhibitions Manager 

An author, editor and curator, specialising in the history of illustration.

Peter Higginson

Chair of the William Heath Robinson Trust, an art historian, university lecturer, and director of several cultural study tours abroad. He is also a great nephew of Heath Robinson.

Cynthia Wells

Retired senior civil servant with 35 years' experience in policy-making, planning, negotiation and management. Since retirement, involved from the start with saving, fundraising and the restoration of West House.

Geraldine Beare

A Founder Member and Trustee of the William Heath Robinson Trust, Geraldine is an indexer, lecturer in social history and a writer.

Susan Collins

Susan Collins is a long-standing Trustee of The William Heath Robinson Trust and also his great niece.

Elinor Garraway

A freelance publishing professional with extensive third-sector experience, as well as a maker of handmade books, Elinor is also a great niece of Heath Robinson.

David Owen

Management professional with 20+ years' experience of managing in the retail, entertainment and cultural sectors. Currently Visitor Services Manager at the British Museum, proud Pinner family man, and folk songwriter.

West House

West House and the surrounding Pinner Memorial Park were bought by the people of Pinner after the Second World War as a war memorial. After the house fell into disrepair, The West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust raised £1.5m to restore it, and reopened it in 2010. It is now a vibrant community hub with the Verden Gallery for hire and Daisy's in the Park cafe downstairs. You can visit the Shrine and Books of Remembrance, in the Quiet Room of Daisy's cafe.

Below is a recent painting by local artist Mike Strudwick, which shows West House, with the Heath Robinson Museum under construction next door. You can find out more about West House on this link

Annual Reports and Accounts

The West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust is a Registered Charity, No 1086567 and a Company Limited by Guarantee, No 4172012. Our Annual Reports and Accounts are submitted to the Charity Commission and to Companies House. Here you can download the most recent of them.

Our Policies

Below, you will find our key policies, which have been developed with the help of other museum professionals.