Partnership funding is the key to securing the future of a museum dedicated to the life and work of William Heath Robinson, the artist and illustrator whose name has, for 100 years now, been part of the English language.
So far £155,000
has been raised from grant-giving trusts towards the second phase
of this £1.6m development project, aimed at creating a splendid
home for the collection of Heath Robinson's work, assembled by his
daughter, at West House in Pinner - still rural Middlesex when the
artist moved there in 1908.
The next round of
applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund will be considered in
December. However, Geoffrey Beare of the William Heath
Robinson Trust (WHRT), which has just been granted planning
consent for the proposed development of West House, warns that the
project will not succeed unless the trust can convince the Lottery
Fund that they can raise the total required partnership funding of
The trust are
pioneers in this field as this is the first HLF project to launch a
Crowdfunding campaign to raise funds.
Home for Archive
If the project is
eventually successful, not only will West House provide a home for
more than 500 pieces of original artwork as well as books and other
published material and an archive of letters, it will also be able
to throw more light on Heath Robinson's wider work.
Best known for
those much-loved humorous drawings of bizarre machinery that so
caught the public imagination, he also created illustrations and
designs for Kipling, Shakespeare and others, as well as his own
More details about the project and a link to their 'Kickstarter'
page can be found on the trust's website.