The Pinner Association, the amenity society founded in 1932 with the aim to conserve and enhance Pinner village, have this week agreed to donate the sum of £5,000 to the matched funds fundraising appeal by the West House & Heath Robinson Museum Trust for the project to build a Heath Robinson Museum at West House in Pinner.
The Heath Robinson Museum collection will be displayed at the new museum to be built at West House, Pinner Memorial Park, Pinner, in north-west London, currently due to open in April 2016. The collection includes rare rough early sketches and advertising commissions by the artist, who is well known for his humorous drawings and illustrations.
Following agreed funding for the museum project by the Heritage Lottery Fund in December 2013 of £1.1 Million, a further £150,000 is still needed to meet the partnership-funding target.
Supporting the Heath Robinson Museum and ensuring that the amenities enhance life for all in Pinner is the key purpose for this donation. The Association is pleased that the plans for the new building include features such as the interactive educational room which will be an asset for the community of Pinner and the wider public.
William Heath Robinson moved in 1908 to the village of Pinner in what was then rural Middlesex. A blue plaque marks the house in Moss Lane where Heath Robinson lived. The new Museum will provide a permanent home for Heath Robinson’s work, thus giving residents of Pinner and the public the opportunity to explore one of the country’s best loved artists and take part in varied cultural and educational activities related to the collection. The Heath Robinson collection will be an important resource for pupils from local schools to visit to cover aspects of the National Curriculum.