The Friends of Heath Robinson Museum

Friends’ activities range from those relating to art to those relating to wider cultural activities; we try to accommodate both those who live locally to Pinner and the Museum and those who kindly support us from further afield. In recent years we have had Christmas Quizzes, various Zoom lectures on historical and artistic subjects, visits to the National Theatre, the Beano exhibition at Somerset House, and backstage at the Royal Opera House. Every three months there are Private Views to the new special exhibitions to which Friends are invited, recent ones including the Korky Paul exhibition, Scenes through Wood and Heath Robinson’s Shakespeare Illustrations. These are a regular and welcome opportunity to meet with other Friends and socialise whilst having the opportunity to have an early view of the new art on show.

In 2022, due to the generosity of members of the Friends, William Heath Robinson’s autobiography, My Line of Life, was re-published and a birthday tea organised to celebrate the artist’s 150th anniversary.  For the more bookish, there is a Friends Book Group which meets every 2 months.

In 2023, our programme includes an illustrated Zoom talk on Hogarth and Cruickshank, Shakespeare readings at the Museum to celebrate the Shakespeare illustrations, a visit to Covent Garden for Turandot and a Summer Garden Party as well as our more regular activities.

Friends take part in events and help support the museum financially and in many other ways, For more information on any of these activities and what is being planned, please contact Ruth McNeil: We welcome your support.

You will receive, on showing your Friends’ membership card:

  • Unlimited free entry to the permanent and visiting exhibitions
  • 10% off in Daisy & Co. in Pinner High St. and in Daisy’s in the Park

Other benefits:

  • 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 Membership Cost Direct 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.

Book Release: My Line of Life

Here is a short film of Peter Higginson’s talk that he gave at the launch of our reprint of  My Line of Life, Heath Robinson’s autobiography.

Friends Lectures

Updated 2023-03-11
Zoom Lecture by Alison Marcuse for Friends of the Museum on 7 March 2023:

Previous Friends Lectures

Please enjoy these Zoom talks from the Covid shutdown. There are two talks listed here at present; 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 first Artist in Residence talk, by Charlotte Harker:

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

The third Artist in Residence talk, by Harinder Sahota:

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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