The Heath Robinson Museum in Pinner is celebrating its namesake’s 150th birthday in 2022, with three special exhibitions being held throughout the year.
William Heath Robinson was born on May 31, 1872, and became famous for his satirical cartoons and ornate book illustrations.
The museum was built in 2016 to display the UK’s largest collection of Heath Robinson drawings. Visitors are currently able to explore Heath Robinson’s life and artistic development in the museum’s permanent gallery, featuring a timeline, original artworks and interactive exhibits.
The first of the special exhibitions, Heath Robinson’s Children’s Stories, showcases the children’s books that Heath Robinson both wrote and illustrated and is currently running until May 15.
From May 21, visitors will be treated to an exhibition on The Humour of William Heath Robinson, where they can explore Heath Robinson’s unique sense of humour. This exhibit will feature until September 4, 2022.
From September 10 to December 11, the Scene through Wood exhibition will be on display at the Heath Robinson Museum, on loan from the Ashmolean Museum, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Society of Wood Engravers.
On May 31, Heath Robinson’s 150th birthday, a party will be held at the museum for families to enjoy.
On August 28, visitors can enjoy a Play in the Park performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in commemoration of Heath Robinson’s illustrated edition of Shakespeare’s play.
There will also be art workshops, competitions and expert talks running throughout 2022.