Heath Robinson Museum marks anniversary with quirky festival

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It opened to celebrate an eccentric humourist, cartoonist and illustrator known for his drawings of crazily complex machines.

Now the Heath Robinson Museum is hosting a quirky festival of storytelling, ‘Wacky Races’ and balloon crafts on Saturday 14th October to mark its first anniversary – and everyone is invited to come along.

Cllr Sue Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Resident Engagement, said: “I am delighted the museum is marking this special occasion in such a fun way.

“It has had a hugely successful year, thanks to the dedication of the team behind it and support of visitors from near and far. I hope lots of people get to experience these celebrations Heath Robinson-style on Saturday.”

The free event will run from 11am to 3pm, promising lots of fun activities for all the family, including:

• Storytelling with Paul Jackson
• A special giant collaborative illustration with
Robyn Wilson-Owen and Robert Duncan
• A special take oncartoon “Wacky Races”
• Balloon crafts
• Sporty stuff, such as blow-up volleyball and mini-golf
• Musical performances ….. and lots more

The Heath Robinson Museum has been hailed a great success since it was opened last October by local author and children's writer Michael Rosen. 

It is the first purpose-built museum in Greater London for more than 40 years. Developed and created with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund of £1.3milllion and donations from local patrons, residents and businesses, it features two galleries. The first is a permanent display covering the career of William Heath Robinson and his illustrations and artworks and the second hosts themed exhibitions that change every three months.

Heath Robinson, who spent ten years living in Pinner, was known for his drawings of ridiculous contraptions that had little use. His designs have inspired many artists, including the creators of Wallace and Gromit.