Final push for funds for unique museum
Tribute to the work of illustrator Heath Robinson
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