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Heath Robinson at War exhibition

Saturday 20 January – Sunday 14 April: over 50 artworks of humorous drawings from both World Wars, demonstrating Heath Robinson's ability to counter the horrors of war with gentle satire and absurdity.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

This touring exhibition contains a wide selection of Heath Robinson’s humorous drawings from both World Wars. You'll also be able to hear transcripts of letters from the troops and the public thanking him for his morale-raising efforts.

Popular among civilians and soldiers alike, Heath Robinson’s war cartoons demonstrate his dry, ironic humour even in the face of national despair.

In each World War, Heath Robinson proved his ability to counter, by the application of gentle satire and absurdity, both the pompous German propaganda and the fear and depression gendered by the horrors of war.

'I believe that our sense of humour played a greater part than we were always aware of in saving us from despair during those days of trial.’ - William Heath Robinson

Demonstrating humour in the face of absurdity, this exhibition not only helps us to understand the historic role of artists in difficult times, but also represents an important part of the work of one of Britain’s finest artists, and the impact humour and creativity has on public morale during difficult times.

Art gallery open 11am-4pm daily (4.30pm from 10 February). Last entry into the property, house and gallery is 30 minutes before closing.

Property admission applies (free entry for National Trust members and under 5s).



Event ticket prices

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics

Meeting point

The main exhibition is in the art gallery on the top floor of the house.


The gallery is on the second floor. For those unable to use the stairs, a digital version of the exhibition is available on lower levels. Ramped entrance to visitor reception/house. Volunteer-driven mobility buggy service and access facilities available across the site.


Drinks, snacks and light lunches are available from the café and additional outlets.

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Event summary

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10:00 to 16:00
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