The William Heath Robinson Trust was established in 1992 to conserve and exhibit the collection of the works of William Heath Robinson made by his daughter, Joan Brinsmead. The Trust also seeks to add to the collection, to foster study of the artist and his work and to make the full scope of his achievements more widely known. It is working with the people of Pinner to create a purpose-built gallery for the collection at West House.
The Joan Brinsmead collection comprises approximately 500 items of original artwork by Heath Robinson, together with association copies of many of the books he illustrated and a few examples of his advertising work. There are a number of letters to Heath Robinson at various stages of his career, including ones from Rudyard Kipling and HG Wells, and examples of the nursery china that he designed. The remarkable collection of original artwork spans 40 years and covers all aspects of his varied output.
In September 1994, to mark the 50th anniversary of Heath Robinson's death, the Trustees organised an inaugural exhibition of the Trust's collection at Christie's premises in King St, St James's. In 2003 a major exhibition of William Heath Robinson's work was mounted at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, which proved to be extremely popular, and which has so far toured to seven other venues. These events have helped with fundraising for conservation of the collection and to make some modest additions to it.
The Trust has now found a new home at West House in Pinner, where it will mount a series of exhibitions, as well as continuing to organise exhibitions of works from the collection at venues around the UK and overseas.
The Trustees would welcome gifts of original artwork, books, letters or ephemera by or relating to William Heath Robinson.