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MAD’s new Heath Robinson exhibition is a museum first

Wellesbourne Airfield
Wellesbourne Airfield

Robinson was born in 1872 and described as “British humour at its best”, he became known as something of an eccentric and drew thousands of pieces of art, spanning over two World Wars, the Victorian age of the machine, and the rise of modernism.

The term ‘Heath Robinson contraption’ came into official dictionary use in around 1912.

He died in 1944.

The exhibition features an extraordinary collection of original illustrations, posters and books, which all demonstrate Heath Robinson's most celebrated style- witty, exaggerated devices.

These pieces have been provided by The Chris Beetles Galley and Sheldrake Press.

In addition to these one-of-a-kind pieces, the exhibition will also include a 3D augmented reality image of a well-known Heath Robinson drawing, by Turi Cacciatore.

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