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Come and celebrate Summer at the Heath Robinson Museum with our vibrant, colourful and fun new exhibition for all the family.

From hats made from tin cans, bags made from ring-pulls and a cheese platter made from a flattened bottle, to woven rolled newspaper baskets and boxes, scoops made from food cans and ear-rings from bottle tops…every object in the exhibition used to be something else. Through ingenuity, imagination and innovation these junk materials have been given a new lease of life.

Inspiring this new exhibition—In 1935 William Heath Robinson created a series of drawings that he called “Rejuvenated Junk”, showing new uses for unwanted objects. Ten of these were used to illustrate an article called “At Home with Heath Robinson”, written by KRG Browne for The Strand Magazine.

Our exhibition features several of these original drawings together with a stunning collection of recycled and upcycled artefacts from 33 countries around the world, provided by knowtrash.

The “Rejuvenated Junk” exhibition is a collaboration between Heath Robinson Museum and knowtrash. These highly-original and creative artefacts from knowtrash celebrate the talents of resourceful upcyclers from diverse communities all around the world. The makers retrieve mass-produced, everyday objects that have been thrown away – including newspaper, metal cans, glass bottles and plastic packaging – and transform them into useful and beautiful objects.

Neil Thomson from knowtrash and Ann Kopka, curator of the new exhibition, say “We hope our fabulous exhibition will help visitors reconsider the value of the things we throw away, inspiring everyone to discover ways to turn our trash into treasure.”

 

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Permanent Exhibition

Our permanent Heath Robinson exhibition combines original artwork with books, photographs, film & digital media to tell the full story of Heath Robinson’s artistic career.

30 Mar - 23 Jun

Heath Robinson’s Illustrations for magazines, 1925 to 1936

With the start of the Second World War in 1914 Heath Robinson observed that “There was now no demand for purely artistic productions, for new editions of Shakespeare or other classics”. He was then dependent on humorous work for his income. However, from about 1925 respite from the constant need to be funny came from time to time with commissions to provide serious illustrations to short stories and articles in Nash’s Pall Mall Magazine and its sister publication Good Housekeeping.…

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