The museum celebrates the life and works of William Heath Robinson, acclaimed British illustrator, artist, cartoonist and social historian, who lived in Pinner from 1908-18.

The artist's name has become synonymous with the odd contraptions and implausible machinery that featured in his humorous cartoons, but he also made a major contribution to the revolution in book design, illustration and decoration in the years before the First World War.

The museum opened in 2016 with a display of over 900 original works by Heath Robinson, spanning 40 years and covering the full range of his oeuvre.

Permanent collection

When Heath Robinson’s eldest daughter Joan died, her husband decided her collection of her father’s work should be put into public ownership and in 1992 the William Heath Robinson Trust was formed. The original collection included about 500 pieces of original artwork together with an archive of letters, association copies and special editions of the books that he illustrated, proof prints, advertising booklets and ephemera.

Thanks to grants from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Art Fund, in 2015 the William Heath Robinson Trust was able to purchase some 400 additional important works for the museum, bringing the collection to nearly 1,000. It is the only substantial collection of the artist’s work in public ownership.

The displays feature copies of the many books he worked on, examples of his advertisements, correspondence (including letters from Rudyard Kipling and HG Wells), photographs, designs for nursery china and his private watercolours.

Heath Robinson Museum

Pinner Memorial Park, West End Lane, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 1AE

020 8866 8420


Opening times

Thurs – Sun, 11am – 4pm

We are delighted to be welcoming visitors back to the Heath Robinson Museum, and we need to let you know how things will work when we open our doors again.

Most importantly, visitor numbers will be limited to ensure effective social distancing and to keep everyone safe.

Check our Plan Your Visit pages for information on how to get to us, our opening hours and transport options, and please read all the information there so we can help you have an enjoyable visit.

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