Phillip Snell (left) receives the £4000 cheque from Stephen Wright. The Museum is in the background.
The Heath Robinson Museum has received another funding boost. John Horniman’s Children’s Trust has awarded the Museum £4000 to make a film for children with learning disabilities. The Trust, founded with the legacy of the Quaker tea merchant John Horniman, supports charities working with children with illnesses and disabilities.
The grant will enable the Museum to create a film about The Adventures of Uncle Lubin, the children’s book which Heath Robinson wrote and illustrated. A specialist narrator will tell the story using Makaton, a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate.
Trust Treasurer Stephen Wright came recently to present the cheque and see for himself the progress of the Museum building works. ‘Our Trust exists to help finance projects run by charities to enhance the lives of children with learning or physical disabilities. We are very happy to be associated with the Museum and I love Heath Robinson, with his individual characters doing strange things.’
Philip Snell, the Museum’s volunteer Learning, Activities and Events Manager, was delighted with the award. ‘We have already begun to work with schools supporting children with special educational needs, and this film will make a huge difference to their ability to engage with Heath Robinson.’