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Campaign for new Heath Robinson museum building in Pinner launched
A campaign has launched to raise money for a new museum building to house the work of a local illustrator.
The West House and Heath Robinson Trust are calling on people to buy bricks for a new Heath Robinson Museum to be built in Pinner.
William Heath Robinson was a cartoonist and illustrator best known for his drawing of eccentric but logical contraptions.
He lived in Paine's Lane from the turn of the 20th century to the Second World War.
The new museum will be next to West House in Pinner Memorial Park, and will tell the story of Heath Robinson’s life, with a gallery and activity room for schools and children.
Phil Lawder, who is part of the Heath Robinson campaign, said: “He is well known for his designs for machines but also his beautiful illustrations for children’s books and water colours.
“There are a lot of references to his work in popular culture such as Wallace and Gromit and the Olympic cauldron at the last year’s games.
“But another reason for the museum is to inspire children and get their imagination fired up. With the new activity room we will be able to get them excited and creative and show them the crossover of science and art.”
In order to secure a £1.13m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the museum and its supporters need to raise £430,000.
The museum trust is calling for schools, businesses, community groups and individuals to donate £25 to fund at least one brick of the build.
Martin Verden, chairman of The West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust said: “We now need local people, schools and community groups to rally round and show the Heritage Lottery Fund how much we want this museum.”
A fundraising campaign on website Kickstarter has also been launched as part of the project aiming to raise £32,500, which has already attracted more than £2,500 in donations.
Those interested in donating can do so by clicking here.
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