Fi­nal push for funds for unique mu­seum

Trib­ute to the work of il­lus­tra­tor Heath Robin­son

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A CAM­PAIGN is un­der way to gather the fi­nal funds needed to cre­ate a mu­seum about Heath Robin­son.

The fa­mous il­lus­tra­tor, who was born in Fins­bury Park in 1872 and died in 1944, was a res­i­dent of Pin­ner from 1908 un­til 1918, and his house in Moss Lane is com­mem­o­rated by a blue plaque.

He be­came renowned dur­ing his life time for his satir­i­cal il­lus­tra­tions of com­pli­cated ma­chines that carry out sim­ple func­tions such as mak­ing tea, but he also il­lus­trated books by Hans Chris­ten An­der­sen and Charles Kings­ley’s The Wa­terBa­bies.

The Wil­liam Heath Robin­son Me­mo­rial Trust (HRMT) is build­ing a mu­seum in Pin­ner Me­mo­rial Park and thanks to “ex­cel­lent fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties” and £1.3m of lot­tery fund­ing it is now just £98,000 shy of the funds it needs to com­plete the pro­ject.

Veron­ica Cham­ber­lain, HRMT trustee and mar­ket­ing man­ager, said: “Our ini­tial cam­paign en­abling peo­ple to buy a vir­tual brick was so suc­cess­ful that we have de­cided to launch a new pro­gramme to help raise this fi­nal tranche of fund­ing.

“We are hop­ing for a bril­liant re­sponse to re­flect the huge level of pub­lic in­ter­est in the de­vel­op­ment of the new Heath Robin­son Mu­seum.

“With our news­let­ter and so­cial me­dia up­dates at­tract­ing read­ers and fol­low­ers from all over the world, we look for­ward to shar­ing the works and legacy of Heath Robin­son with an au­di­ence.”

Sharon Pink from North­wood Hills, who ed­its news­let­ters for the pro­ject, said it is well sup­ported across Hilling­don as well as by lo­cals in Pin­ner.

Any­one wish­ing to sup­port the pro­ject can ‘buy a brick’ for £25 to help the trust to reach its fund­ing tar­get.

Find out more at http:// heathrobin­son.org/ mu­seum and buy a brick at https://my­do­nate.bt. com/char­i­ties/ heathrobin­son­mu­seum

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