Margaret Robinson retrospective
4 March to 22 April 2017
An exhibition of work by Margaret Robinson, local artist and puppeteer, who sadly died last year.
Margaret Robinson, née Carter, was born in 1920 in Louth, Lincolnshire. She studied at the Derby Art School and at Leeds Art College before obtaining a scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art in London in 1940. On leaving the Slade in 1942 Margaret began teaching art in day schools such as Moulton Grammar School in Lancashire and West Leeds High School.
Margaret was always enthralled with puppets and mask making, and part of her career was spent running a puppet theatre which travelled throughout Yorkshire, giving shows in schools, youth clubs and for the W.I. In 1950 she became mask maker for the Northern Children’s Theatre & School and even ran their puppet theatre.
She moved to Chertsey in 1960 when she married Bernard Robinson, whom she met at Hammer Films based at Bray Studios. She worked with Bernard on The Hounds of the Baskervilles (1957), The Mummy (1959) and The Brides of Dracula (1960).
As family life with her son, Peter, took over, Margaret’s career was to be put on hold until 1970 when Bernard died. She resumed her career by teaching further education courses at art colleges. At aged 60 she took up a post as an art therapist in a psychiatric ward; a temporary post which was to last for six years until her official retirement at 66, nevertheless Margaret continued teaching art at her home.
Mrs Robinson continued to paint until the last few years of her life, and was involved with a group of artists who meet each week at her house to practice both portraiture and nude modelling. Margaret died on 3 October, 2016, at her Chertsey home at the age of 96.
At Your Leisure
11 February 2017 to 20 January 2018
In the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century trade union power forced through industrial legislation resulting in half day closing on Saturdays. This combined with a rise in wages, and more disposable income, meant the workers had increased leisure time and more money to spend on it. This exhibition looks at the historical background to some of the activities taking place in Runnymede, which now form part of today’s vast leisure industry.”