Media Centre

The Heath Robinson Museum team is well versed in media appearances so we are happy to comment for all print media, radio and TV.

We can email commentary, responses to questions and blog content for all types of article.

We can provide, subject to copyright agreement, images of Heath Robinson’s work for media use.

07876 228 254
pressoffice@heathrobinsonmuseum.org

Notes to Editors

The first purpose-built museum in Greater London for over 40 years, dedicated to showcasing the work of the world-renowned artist, illustrator, humorist and social commentator William Heath Robinson (1872-1944), was declared officially open on 15 October 2016 at a ceremony attended by hundreds of people in Pinner Memorial Park, north-west London.

Heath Robinson lived in Pinner from 1908-18, some of the most productive years of his life.

The West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust is a registered charity which restored West House in Pinner Memorial Park for community use. The Trust is a partnership between local Pinner people and the William Heath Robinson Trust, custodians of the artist’s work. 

To develop the new Museum, Trustees received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund of £1.3m.  

A significant addition to the national arts, educational and cultural landscape, this project is delivering:

  • A permanent home for the Heath Robinson collection of original artwork and other artefacts
  • The only museum dedicated to Heath Robinson, hosting the largest collection of his original works
  • The Heath Robinson Gallery: a permanent exhibition which takes the visitor on a journey through Heath Robinson’s life and artistic development
  • The Joan Brinsmead Gallery: designed to host special exhibitions that will change every quarter
  • For schools, colleges and people of all ages: a dedicated Activity Studio and comprehensive programme of formal and informal learning: thought-provoking and entertaining, reflecting the style of the man himself

Background to the William Heath Robinson Trust

When Heath Robinson’s daughter Joan died, her husband wanted her collection of her father’s work to be kept in public ownership. As a result the William Heath Robinson Trust was formed in 1992.

The original collection included about 500 pieces of original art work together with an archive of letters, association copies and special editions of the books that he illustrated, proof prints, advertising booklets and ephemera. 

The National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund grant-aided the William Heath Robinson Trust in 2015 to purchase some 400 additional important works for the Museum, bringing the collection to nearly 1,000. It is the only substantial collection of the artist’s work in public ownership.

Supporting the Museum

Running the museum relies on volunteer support – please see our Volunteer page if you are interested in joining the team.

Donations are also welcome on https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/heathrobinsonmuseum.

The Heath Robinson Museum team is well versed in media appearances so we are happy to comment for all print media, radio and TV.

We can email commentary, responses to questions and blog content for all types of article.

We can provide, subject to copyright agreement, images of Heath Robinson’s work for media use.

07876 228 254
pressoffice@heathrobinsonmuseum.org