Mechanical Aids for Christmas — in Meccano!

We welcome to the Heath Robinson Museum a Meccano model of one of Heath Robinson’s most iconic drawings, the Pudding Stirrer. The original design was by Chris Warrell, who built it for the South East London Meccano Club’s 2003 Christmas Challenge. The club is still going strong and their website can be found here. The model on display was built by Mike Gleen based on Chris’s design and is on loan to the museum.

The drawing was originally published as Mechanical Aids for Christmas in the book Absurdities by Hutchinson in 1934 and republished by Duckworth in 1975.

In the model, turning the crank (slowly, please) causes all of the gears and handles to turn in unison and sometimes (!) causes the knotted string to drive the large pulley that eventually turns the stirrer.

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