New Exhibition – Rejuvenated Junk

Come and celebrate Summer at the Heath Robinson Museum in Pinner, north-west London, 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.

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.

The “Rejuvenated Junk” exhibition is a collaboration between Heath Robinson Museum and knowtrash. 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.”

View a printable copy of this news release.

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The Maker’s Art




As well as offering a range of products reflecting Heath Robinson’s work, the shop at the Heath Robinson Museum offers a selection of one-off items, designed and handmade by acclaimed, locally based artisans.

The Maker’s Art is a contemporary range of jewellery, ceramics, glass and copperware that reflect the imagination and enchantment of Heath Robinson’s work. The programme changes every six months, adding more valuable creative partnerships and leading to a distinctive decorative art marketplace at Heath Robinson Museum.

The inaugural programme of The Maker’s Art ends on 9 April so now is your last chance to purchase from these stylish and beautiful collections in our Shop.

View a printable copy of this news release.

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New Exhibition – The Illustrations of Edward Ardizzone

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For its third Special Exhibition, starting on 1 April, the Heath Robinson Museum in Pinner, north-west London, is delighted to showcase the illustrations of the highly skilled draughtsman and illustrator Edward Ardizzone.

Edward Ardizzone (1900-1979) was one of the best loved and most prolific book artists of the 20th century, illustrating well over 170 books for adults and children. His career overlapped with that of Heath Robinson and they had many qualities in common. Like Heath Robinson, Ardizzone’s illustrations are generally concerned with contemporary life untouched by political, religious or ideological conflicts.

This new exhibition at the Heath Robinson Museum, featuring many of Ardizzone’s greatest illustrations, will be divided into two sections. The first focuses on his work for adults, including 25 of his illustrations for Trollope’s first two Barchester novels, which have never been exhibited before. There will also be illustrations for Dickens, Hardy and Thackeray.

The second section of the exhibition will showcase Ardizzone’s illustrations for children, including the preliminary sketch book for the ever-popular Little Tim – the Hero of the Storm and the title-page design for Stig of the Dump. We will also have illustrations for The Suburban Child, Graham Greene’s The Little Fire Engine and Robert Graves’s Ann at Highwood Hall.

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To honour the contribution to West House and the Pinner community by the outgoing chairman of The West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust, Martin Verden, the first-floor gallery and function room in West House, Pinner, with its beautiful outlook over the lake and Pinner Memorial Park, has been renamed The Verden Gallery.

Announcing the dedication of the Gallery, the Trust’s new chairman Cynthia Wells said: “In 2001, with the backing of the Pinner Association, Nick Coleman and I set up The West House & Heath Robinson Museum Trust and invited Martin Verden to chair the Fundraising Committee. This Martin did with great success and eventually in 2007 took over as Chairman of the Trust.

Nick, Martin, Keith Schofield and I, and in due course Cliff Lichfield – ‘the local trustees’ as we were called – worked closely and seamlessly together, raising the money needed and in due course restoring and then running West House. Throughout this, we were fortunate to have the full support of our friends and colleagues at the William Heath Robinson Trust and our local Councillors.

It is impossible adequately to describe what Martin brought to our project. Experience of the business world, wisdom and charm, which persuaded people to give us their support, and networking skills which opened doors (including many Council doors) which might otherwise have been closed to us. And total commitment and real friendship. We could never have achieved what we have done here without Martin, and the support of Martin’s wife, Joanne.

We are delighted to announce that henceforth our beautiful Upstairs Gallery at West House is renamed The Verden Gallery, to honour and commemorate everything Martin Verden has brought to the benefit of West House and the wider Pinner community.”

Martin and Joanne Verden commented: “We are delighted that the lovely gallery in West House has been renamed in this way and hope that all visitors and guests at events in the gallery continue to enjoy West House as much as we do.”

Photo: Mike Popper of P3r Engineers Ltd

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Santa’s Sleigh is Coming!

Pinner Rotary are organising Santa’s Sleigh which is collecting for local charities. This is their message:

Santa’s sleigh will again be touring the streets of Pinner December 12-21. Fuller information can be seen on the Santa’s Sleigh page of the website which is now live with all the routes:  (one s in the middle).

2014 marked the welcome return of the traditional Christmas float to the streets of Pinner, brought to you by the Rotary Club of Pinner and our newly built Santa’s Sleigh. Popular with young and old alike, Santa’s Sleigh has become an integral part of the Christmas festivities in Pinner. Last year we raised over £3,600 for Rotary charities.

This year we will be touring Pinner again, bringing the magic of Santa and his Sleigh to a street near you.

Dates and Routes are listed below, with fuller details on the website mentioned above, Each evening is from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

This year we will be collecting for London’s Air Ambulance and other Rotary supported charities.

Monday 12th December       map   (NB – the last two roads have changed from last year)
Murray Crescent – Norman Crescent – Blythwood Road – Marsworth Avenue – Woodhall Gate – Albury Drive

Wednesday 14th December     map
Love Lane – Avenue Road – Barrowpoint Avenue – Paine’s Lane – Moss Lane – Grange Gardens

Thursday 15th December     map
Church Avenue – Downs Avenue – West Avenue – Central Avenue – The Avenue

Friday 16th December     map
West Towers – East Towers – Cannonbury Avenue – Hill Road – Glover Road – Lawrence Road – Rosecroft Walk – St Ursula Grove – Hill Road

Monday 19th December    map
Grove Road – Northumberland Road – Lincoln Road – Mount Drive – The Ridgeway – Lincoln Road – Lankers Drive

Wednesday 21st December    map
West Way – West End Lane – High View – Cuckoo Hill Drive – North Way – Northfield Avenue – Hillcrest Avenue – West End Lane – West End Avenue

Pinner Pantomime Evening
Santa (without his sleigh) will also be appearing at Pinner Pantomime Evening on Thursday 24th November 2016 between 5pm and 8pm.

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Secret Art Sale 2016 Success


Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, the 2016 Secret Art Sale attracted even more artists to participate – from young aspiring artists to renowned professional painters, cartoonists and illustrators.

Over 170 6”x 6” canvases were submitted by 143 artists and put on display at the Upstairs Gallery at West House, Pinner Memorial Park over the weekend of 5th and 6th November. All canvases were presented anonymously for sale at the same price of £40, with all proceeds from the artworks sold going towards the new Heath Robinson Museum adjacent to West House.

Artists were given free rein to paint or decorate their canvases, with some incorporating metalwork, embroidery and textile compositions.

Curator of the Sale Ann Kopka said “This Secret Art Sale has unique characteristics; it is the only one we know of where artists who have agreed to participate are sent the canvases and where all the works exhibited are of a consistent size.  It means that as a show it is stunningly effective and easier to appreciate the diversity of the art in different mediums.  The Sale also gives people the chance to buy pictures by well-known artists at a fraction of the normal price.”

Councillor Jean Lammiman, who is also a Trustee of The West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust, launched the Sale with a speech congratulating the artists and the volunteers who were stewarding the event over the weekend.  Councillor Lammiman also introduced the Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Rekha Shah, who thanked all the contributing artists and gave special thanks to the Sale organisers Deena Dwala and Ann Kopka and sponsors, local estate agents Rawlinson Gold.

There was a real buzz in the room as the Sale opened. Sam Harvey, a local textile artist explained why she had been happy to contribute a canvas to support the Sale where all proceeds go to the new Museum: “Heath Robinson is one of the illustrators I love. I teach children and it’s lovely to now have a gallery I can take them to.”

Artist Shanti Panchal, a resident of Harrow who currently has a solo exhibition at the Piano Nobile, Kings Cross and exhibitor at the Secret Art Sale, said it meant a lot to him to have such an interest in art and flowering of talent on his doorstep.

In addition to the stunning display of pictures, the Secret Art Sale weekend featured a Silent Auction, a raffle and the opportunity for visitors to vote for their favourite canvas in The People’s Choice competition.  The Silent Auction raised several hundred pounds for a painting donated by the renowned artist and Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell.

There were two marvellous raffle prizes: one a picture of Morph, an original with signature on the back, drawn and donated by Peter Lord of the Aardman Animations Studio, and another prize of a visit for six to the House of Illustration to see the Ardizzone exhibition accompanied by the Gallery’s Director.

As the Sale weekend came to an end, Heath Robinson Museum Trustee and Marketing Manager Veronica Chamberlain thanked all the visitors and contributing artists and thanked Dr Laurence Gerlis of samedaydoctor for sponsoring the People’s Choice prizes.  Veronica said: “While the voting was spread across a wide range of canvases in the Exhibition, there was one clear winner. The People’s Choice award of £50 goes to painting number 145, a seascape and beach painted by local artist Lucy Davies. Lucy has already won acclaim, having appeared in the Sky Landscape Artist of the Year competition last year.”

There were two runners-up People’s Choice prizes. The first was won by twice BAFTA-nominated artist and designer Pete Wane with his quirky take on “6 by 6” and a nod to Heath Robinson as well as to Christmas puddings – a theme in a number of Pete’s other canvases at the Sale.

The other runner-up prize went to a blue abstract with gold by Helen Pringle. Helen lives locally and is not a professional artist: proof that local people can compete with the best!

This year, there was also another award, The Curator’s Prize, kindly donated by Ann Kopka, the Secret Art Sale Curator. The winner of this prestigious award was Shirley Batten-Smith with a bronze profile of William Heath Robinson.  Ann described Shirley’s artwork as “an intelligent, inventive and ingenious use of material. It reminds me of a gold medal and seems particularly appropriate in this year, the launch of the new Heath Robinson Museum”.

For anyone who missed the Sale, the remaining canvases will be exhibited for sale by Rawlinson Gold in Bridge Street on Thursday 24th November as part of the Pinner Pantomime Evening.

The names of all the Secret Art Sale artists along with images of all the canvases can be seen here.

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The Museum in the Hatch End Association Magazine

An article about the Museum has appeared in the Hatch End Association Magazine. Click
here to see it on a separate page.

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Coffee and Crafts

Launching a monthly relaxing  series of workshops which give a taster of a different craft every month. Sign up for one or all. Tuition, materials, coffee and cake included. July’s workshop experiments with watercolour painting. The workshops are aimed at adults from 16yr old plus and would be a particularly relaxing post GCSE treat to do with friends or a parent. Booking is essential, contact

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Crafty Summer Mobiles Workshop

Let’s get creative! – combining natural materials with textiles and beads to make unique decorative mobiles with guest artists: Colette Moscrop & Ruby Bevan.
Crafty Summer Mobiles workshop

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Heath Robinson Museum Survey

Are you or members of your family interested in Art, Crafts, Inventing, Engineering, Gadgets, Story-telling and Creativity generally?

If so, we at the Heath Robinson Museum at West House in Pinner Memorial Park would love to get your opinion on what sort of workshops, clubs and activities you would like us to provide. Please help us by filling in our short survey (8 questions only, honestly!) online at


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