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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.”

 

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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