As reported in the Press recently, the William Heath Robinson Trust has bought the Simon Heneage Collection of 410 artworks, by the illustrator known for his drawings of wacky inventions, thanks to grants from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund. These will eventually be displayed in our new Museum to be built next to West House in Pinner Memorial Park.
This link to the BBC website gives an excellent summary of the purchase, plus links to follow which provide more interesting facts about Heath Robinson.
Not all of these new works will be available for immediate display, as some are in need of conservation work. This will give us all an opportunity to subscribe to the WHRT “Adopt a Picture” scheme whereby you can sponsor the restoration of a specific illustration. Adoption is based on the amount of work required and from the existing collection six are currently awaiting a sponsor with prices range from £130 to £280. If you are interested in participating in this scheme then you will be credited alongside the picture whenever it is subsequently displayed.
A selection from the collection is on view in the Heath Robinson Gallery (next to Daisy’s Cafe) on a Wednesday or Saturday afternoon, 1-5pm where you can see what is on offer and pick up a form.