Heath Robinson: Dreams and Machines exhibition

From quirky machinery to exquisite watercolours, this varied exhibition showcases all the wit and talent of a household name.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

In the 1930s, Heath Robinson became known as "The Gadget King", and he is still most widely remembered for his detailed drawings of eccentric, over-complicated contraptions. But he was also a talented painter, trained at the Royal Academy. Our exhibition features over 60 works covering the extraordinary breadth of his work, from humorous magazine illustrations to dream-like watercolour landscapes and scenes from Shakespeare.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Mottisfont

Prices

Standard price
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £15.00 £13.60
Child £7.50 £6.80
Family £37.50 £34.00
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £10.00
June (high season) price
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £16.00 £14.50
Child £8.00 £7.25
Family £40.00 £36.25
Group Adult N/A £11.00

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

Free entry for National Trust members, Art Fund members and under 5s.

The basics

Suitability
Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
Meeting point
The exhibition is in the gallery on the top floor of the house, accessible through the West Entrance.
Accessibility
The gallery is on the second floor. We have digital versions of exhibitions on iPads available on lower levels for anyone unable to climb the stairs.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
20 January 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
21 January 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
22 January 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
23 January 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
24 January 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
25 January 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
26 January 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
27 January 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
28 January 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
29 January 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
30 January 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
31 January 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
1 February 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
2 February 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
3 February 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
4 February 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
5 February 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
6 February 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
7 February 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
8 February 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available

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Contact Info

Name
Mottisfont
Email
mottisfont@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01794 340757

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Heath Robinson: Dreams and Machines exhibition

Sat 20 Jan 2018
11:00-16:00
From quirky machinery to exquisite watercolours, this varied exhibition showcases all the wit and talent of a household name.