Easter at West House

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Easter Bunny Hunt and Workshop

Spring, sunshine, flowers, tree buds burgeoning, all herald Easter and the Easter Holidays.  Two fun-packed events aimed at 4yrs and older are planned at West House, in Pinner Memorial Park for Easter Saturday 26th March. At the same time as a workshop on making “traditional” or “wacky” Easter bonnets and hats,  an Easter Bunny Hunt for children will take place around the park – all part of the Heath Robinson Museum Learning programme of events. The Heath Robinson Museum, which will open soon, will have a focus on engaging children and encouraging exploration.

The Easter Bunny Hunt will cost a nominal fee of £3. Children should report to “Bunny HQ” (Stall outside West House) for their clue sheet, follow the clues around the park to find the bunnies’ hiding places, answer their questions on the sheet and return to Bunny HQ for their prize.   Separately, the Easter Bonnet/hat workshop will last for 1½ hours and will cost £5.

To book a place on any workshop please contact Claire Linge, Learning Officer: Claire@heathrobinsonmuseum.org

 

 

 

 

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Chinese New Year marked at West House

64 children came to our celebration of Chinese New Year – the Year of the Monkey – at West House on 15th February with dancing and many other children’s activities. Thank you very much to Harrow Chinese School for coming to perform their traditional dances.
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Welcome New Staff

The Management Board and trustees of The West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust are delighted to announce the appointment of Sophie Smith as the new Museum Manager. Sophie joins us following roles with English Heritage and most recently as Assistant Curator at Farnham Museum. She has an MA in Cultural Heritage Management following her first degree in Archaeology and Ancient History.

Sophie Smith

Sophie Smith

Sophie joins Claire Linge, our Learning Officer, who has been in post for some months and has made great strides in progressing the educational objectives of the Trust. Claire’s background is art teaching and the world of science.  Both, therefore, bring a wealth of experience to their new roles.

Claire Linge

Claire Linge

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Nower Hill College art displayed at West House

Over the week-end of 5-7 February West House hosted an exhibition of the works of the GCSE and A-level art students of Nower Hill High School.  The local talent is truly imaginative and remarkable.
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ARCHAEOLOGY STUDY DAY 27 FEBRUARY CANCELLED

We are very sorry, but we have had to cancel the Archaeology Study Day on 27th February due to the illness of the lecturer. She hopes to present the day at a later date when she is fully recovered, so please watch out for the notice on the website.

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HR Museum Progress

Now the first sections of the  copper roof are being installed one can gain an idea of how the permanent roofing will appear.  I gather that it will take some 30 years before it weathers and becomes green as in the case of St Alban’s church in Teddington, but that was built in 1889, and is no longer a church.IMG_2235

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Art Booster Workshops

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New Year – New Progress on Museum Development

David Chittleborough, our volunteer in charge of project supervision, has given us this report:

‘The Heath Robinson Museum building project is progressing well, notwithstanding the recent very wet weather.

The CLT (cross laminated timber) frame and roof have been erected and the brick cladding completed. The installation of the distinctive copper roofing, the glazed curtain walling and doors should be completed by the end of February and the electrical first fix is underway.

Our architect (ZMMA) together with our main contractor (Philiam) are succeeding in producing a high quality building which will house exciting and varied exhibitions, attracting many new visitors to Pinner. The development is due to open to the public in summer 2016.

These new facilities will include a permanent Heath Robinson Gallery, a Special Exhibitions gallery, an Activity Studio facing onto the park and a reception/shop which will sell books, cards and gifts relating to Heath Robinson and Pinner, as well as showcasing the works of our local artisans. This will be complemented by the existing West House Upstairs Gallery overlooking the park and lake. The Gallery is used for community events, and available for hire through Daisy’s in the Park.

The Daisy’s in the Park café is an important facility and attraction for West House and the Museum. The space originally used for the small Heath Robinson Gallery and shop within West House is now a quiet space, much-appreciated by Daisy’s many customers.

A Museum Manager and a Learning Officer have recently been appointed, and great progress is being made in ensuring that the facilities, in particular the Activity Studio, will be fully utilised by schools and other groups of all ages.

These two permanent staff will be supported by a range of volunteers and new volunteers are now being actively recruited (please see this link for details).’

Below are some of the latest pictures of the building works.

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Heath Robinson Museum on London Live

LondonLive TV is interested in plotting the progress of the Heath Robinson Museum, as it is the first new bespoke museum in London for many years and will enrich the architectural heritage of the capital. We welcomed journalist Luke Garratt on December 21st. He both filmed the ongoing building works and also interviewed two trustees with particular knowledge – Cynthia Wells, Acting Chairman of The West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust and Dr Peter Higginson, art historian, great nephew of William Heath Robinson and Chair of the William Heath Robinson Trust.

Luke filmed a number of Heath Robinson’s illustrations and works representative of the collection, and we expect he will visit us again later as the Luke Garratt WHR Gallery Luke Cynthia Building Workslaunch date approaches.

The item will appear on Tuesday 5th January on London Live’s morning news (8.30 to 10am), on the lunchtime news (12.30 to 14.00) and on the evening news (18.00 to 19.00 ). The channel is on Freeview and Sky. Do watch or set your recorders! We hope this is just a start and that more coverage will be the order of the day.

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Secret Art Sale – All the Pictures!

At the beginning of November, over 130 artists donated works on canvas for sale to raise money for the Heath Robinson Museum. We are very grateful to everyone who took part in our first Secret Art Sale. The quality of the works was outstanding and this was shown by the very high number sold – 122 out of 138 in the end. In addition, illustrator Peter Cross gave his work which has been sold at the Chris Beetles Gallery’s ‘The Illustrators’ exhibition. We believe that with Gift Aid, the total amount raised will be around £5000. If you didn’t have the chance to donate, you can do so NOW on this link. We still need to raise £100,000 to develop the Museum!

Our volunteer Colin Robinson has kindly put together two complete posters with all the works of art and the names of the artists. One is also on display on the noticeboard at the bottom entrance to Pinner Memorial Park, and the other on the Museum building hoarding.

A note for your diary – the next Secret Art Sale is planned for 5th-6th November 2016.

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