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Just William comes to Pinner

Just William comes to Pinner
The Heath Robinson Museum collaborated with The National Museum of Computing (TNMoC) at Bletchley Park to help celebrate their reconstruction of ‘Heath Robinson’, a WWII code-breaking machine, the precursor of Colossus. It was named ‘Heath Robinson’ after the man known for his drawings of complicated machines to perform simple tasks.  Sadly, Heath Robinson never knew this as he died during WWII and everything at Bletchley Park was top secret until long after the end of the war.  
In acknowledgement of the connection with Heath Robinson, TNMoC have built an interactive fun contraption called ‘Just William’ for the Museum, which can be found in the Museum’s Heath Robinson Gallery.  Visitors can interrogate ‘Just William’ and, if its questions are answered correctly, can win a sweet!  
Just William was a hugely popular attraction for the 200 or so visitors– young and old alike - to the Museum as part of Open House London on Saturday, 21 September.  All clearly enjoyed their visit and took full advantage of the opportunity to chat to the Museum’s architects, ZMMA.
Entry to the Museum for Open House London was, of course, free and entry to the galleries will now remain free during the current exhibition for children up to the age of 18 and up to 25 for young people with a student card. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.  Access to the Activity Studio only will remain at £2 for children and free for accompanying adults.
The Heath Robinson Museum, is a serious museum with a smile on its face. A permanent gallery allows visitors to explore Heath Robinson’s life and artistic development through the gallery timeline, original artworks and interactive exhibits.  A further gallery holds special exhibitions which change every three months showcasing selections from the museum collection and other renowned artists and illustrators.  An activity studio hosts workshops and has drop-in activities for children. 
The museum, address Pinner Memorial Park, West End Lane, Pinner, HA5 1AE, is open Thursday – Sunday from 11am to 4pm and Bank Holiday Mondays.  The Museum, which has recently been accredited by the Arts Council, is run by The West House & Heath Robinson Museum Trust, a charity. 
For further information visit www.heathrobinsonmuseum.org
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner Memorial Park, West End Lane, Pinner HA5 1AE
The West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust. Registered Charity Number 1086567
Cynthia Wells (Chairman) - phone: 020 8866 8699 or email: Cynthia@heathrobinsonmuseum.org

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