The Friends of Heath Robinson Museum

By joining the Friends of Heath Robinson Museum, you will be helping this great little museum continue to show fascinating visiting exhibitions, to house a great range of children’s activities and to maintain the archive of William Heath Robinson’s work.

We receive no central or local government funding, so the Friends play a truly important part in the future life of the Museum and all the activities around it.

In return, you will receive:

  • Unlimited free entry to the permanent and visiting exhibitions
  • Invitations to exclusive Friends’ events
  • Priority booking for special events
  • Invitations to private views of visiting exhibitions
  • Occasional special deals in the shop
  • An exclusive Friends’ e-newsletter

Types of Friends MembershipCostDirect Debit
Individual£40 per year£35 per year
Individual plus guest (one adult or two children under 16)£55 per year£50 per year

All donors who donate £1,000 automatically become Life Members of the Friends with all of the benefits of the “Individual” membership.

How to Join:

Click here to complete a direct debit.

Click here to download a printable form.

Or you can come into the shop and pay there by cheque, cash or credit card.


Friends’ activities were rather curtailed during Covid but included an online Christmas quiz and various Zoom lectures featured below. In the recent past the Friends have organised several Private Views including those relating to the John Hassall exhibition and the Korky Paul exhibition. There has been a visit to the Beano exhibition at Somerset House and other outings are planned including to backstage at the Royal Opera House.

To commemorate the 150th birthday anniversary of William Heath Robinson, a birthday tea launching the re-publication of his autobiography My Line of Life is being held on the afternoon of 3rd July in the Verden Gallery. The reprint is only possible thanks to the generosity of members of the Friends.

A Book group has been established too, meeting every two months, for those Friends with an interest in literature. For more information on any of these activities and what is being planned, please contact Ruth McNeil: ruth@heathrobinsonmuseum.org.

Previous Friends Lectures

Updated 2020-11-26

Please enjoy these Zoom talks. We plan to record and add all the talks in this autumn, and later winter, series until things return to normal. There are four talks listed here at present; the first was a talk by photographer Craig Shepheard who took many of the pictures at the museum opening. Second, the first in our Artists in Residence talks by illustrator Charlotte Harker, followed by our second in the series given by Robyn Wilson-Owen, children’s illustrator and the most recent was the talk by watercolour and oil portrait painter, Harinder Sahota. We were honoured to have all three as artists in residence at the Heath Robinson Museum over recent years and it is fascinating to hear them talk about their craft.

The second Artist in Residence talk, by Robyn Wilson Owen:

The first Artist in Residence talk, by Charlotte Harker:

The following image links to the Friends’ Lectures playlist on YouTube. Clicking on the YouTube button at the bottom will take you to the YouTube page.

Click here to go to the YouTube Heath Robinson Museum subscription page.

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