Heath Robinson at War
15 October 2016 – 8 January 2017
To coincide with the centenary of the First World War, the museum hosts a display of the cheering illustrations Robinson produced during the conflict.
Illustrator Heath Robinson provided the nation with some much-needed comic relief during the darkness of the world war years; his satirical drawings brought hilarity to the difficulties the country faced and made light of pompous German propaganda. He would later write: 'I believe that our sense of humour played a greater part than we were always aware of in saving us from despair during those days of trial'.
On display are 60 of his morale-boosting illustrations from this tumultuous period, including A Warm Welcome for Every Parachutist which was acquired by the museum along with over 400 drawings thanks to Art Fund support last year.
The Christmas cards Robinson made especially for military servicemen are a highlight, shown along the letters he received from the soldiers in reply in which they thank him for his efforts and make suggestions for future drawings.