Heath Robinson at War

Heath Robinson Museum

15 October 2016 – 8 January 2017

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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.

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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.

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