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To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the First World War, we shall be showing a wide selection of Heath Robinson’s humorous drawings from both World Wars.

The exhibition will contain about sixty pieces of original artwork together with books, Christmas cards made for different military units and letters from the troops and the public thanking him for his morale-raising efforts, with suggestions of subjects for future drawings.

In each World War, Heath Robinson demonstrated his ability to counter, by the application of gentle satire and absurdity, both the pompous German propaganda and the fear and depression engendered by the horrors of war. He wrote:

‘I believe that our sense of humour played a greater part than we were always aware of in saving us from despair during those days of trial.’

The subject matter also gave him immense scope to devise ever more ingenious contraptions.

 

Permanent Exhibition

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15 Jan 2022 – 15 May 2022

Heath Robinson’s Children’s Stories

The exhibition will show artwork from the children’s stories that Heath Robinson both wrote and illustrated. See the first signs of his inventive talents and meet a cast of strange and mysterious characters. In 1902 Heath Robinson was commissioned by Grant Richards to write and illustrate a new children’s book and he took the episodic...
21 May 2022 - 4 Sep 2022

The Humour of William Heath Robinson

The 31st May 2022 will be the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Heath Robinson. He was trained as an artist at the Royal Academy Schools, and as past exhibitions at the Museum have shown, he was a great illustrator and a highly accomplished painter in watercolours, but it is as a humorous artist…

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