This exhibition focuses on the humorous contraptions Heath Robinson proposed would make domestic life more comfortable and his satires on modernist architecture and design.
From around 1930 onwards Heath Robinson’s humour was centred on domestic life. In 1934 his house, The Gadgets, was constructed at the Ideal Home Exhibition, and in 1936 How to Live in a Flat, the first of his series of 'How to…' books was published.
This exhibition shows an early series of coloured Ideal Home cartoons published in 1933 and rare photographs of the construction of Heath Robinson’s house at the Ideal Home Exhibition. It was peopled with more than 30 life-like moving figures, all busy about their daily tasks, assisted by numerous contraptions.
It was this construction that later provided the inspiration for the opening scenes of the Wallace and Gromit film The Wrong Trousers.
On display is original work from How to Live in a Flat, which gently satirised modernist architecture and Art Deco design as well as his usual target of people who take themselves too seriously. Examples of the set of nursery china that Heath Robinson designed in 1927 for a Knightsbridge department store are also on show.