Announcing the first Special Exhibition at the new Heath Robinson Museum: HEATH ROBINSON AT WAR
Running from 15 October 2016 –8 January 2017
To mark the centenary of the First World War, and in particular the Battle of the Somme, the first Special Exhibition in the new Heath Robinson Museum will be ‘Heath Robinson at War’. Geoffrey Beare, Collection &Exhibitions Manager for the Museum, said “In each World War, Heath Robinson demonstrated his ability to counter, by the application of gentle irony and absurdity, both the pompous German propaganda and the fear and depression engendered by the horrors of war.
The subject matter also gave him immense scope to devise ever more ingenious contraptions.”The exhibition will show about 60 pieces of original artwork, mostly from the Trust’s collection, together with books, Christmas cards made for different military units and letters from the troops and the public thanking him for his morale-raising efforts and suggesting subjects for future drawings.
Heath Robinson described this period in his autobiography My Line of Life: “As the war developed, I at last found an opening for my humorous work. The much-advertised frightfulness and efficiency of the German army, and its many terrifying inventions, gave me one of the best opportunities I ever enjoyed.”
This Special Exhibition, the first in the Heath Robinson Museum’s rolling programme of quarterly themed exhibitions, is kindly sponsored by O’Hara Bros Surfacing Ltd, a major local employer founded in 1975 and specialising in planning, surfacing and civil engineering projects.