Horniman Museum and Gardens

Horniman Museum and Gardens An inspiring, surprising, family-friendly, free Museum and Gardens in South London’s Forest Hill. The Horniman connects us all with global cultures and the natural environment, encouraging us to shape a positive future.
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Our mission is central to everything we do, whilst our values help shape our work and give the Horniman its unique character. Our mission is: The Horniman connects us all with global cultures and the natural environment, encouraging us to shape a positive future for the world we all share.

Our mission is central to everything we do, whilst our values help shape our work and give the Horniman its unique character. Our mission is: The Horniman connects us all with global cultures and the natural environment, encouraging us to shape a positive future for the world we all share.

Mission: The Horniman connects us all with global cultures and the natural environment, encouraging us to shape a positive future for the world we all share.

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In Japanese Shinto mythology, Amaterasu, meaning shining in heaven, is the goddess of the sun. With her brother Susano’o...
10/11/2020

In Japanese Shinto mythology, Amaterasu, meaning shining in heaven, is the goddess of the sun. With her brother Susano’o, the god of storms, they painted the landscape to create ancient Japan.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/gods-of-the-sun/

We have some wonderful sleigh bells in the collection that once belonged to the musician Joan Stonehewer 🛎Joan made her ...
09/11/2020
Playing the sleigh bells: the story of Joan Stonehewer - Horniman Museum and Gardens

We have some wonderful sleigh bells in the collection that once belonged to the musician Joan Stonehewer 🛎

Joan made her living as a ‘concert artiste’ by playing the saw and other novelty instruments including the sleigh bells. Her variety theatre performances were of a type that was very popular from the turn of the twentieth century up to WWII.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/playing-the-sleigh-bells-the-story-of-joan-stonehewer/

Nothing says Christmas music quite like sleigh bells. We have some wonderful sleigh bells in the collection that once belonged to the musician Joan Stonehewer.

There are about 4,000 species of large fungi in the UK, and thousands more tiny ones 🍄Daniel Harwood has been looking fo...
05/11/2020

There are about 4,000 species of large fungi in the UK, and thousands more tiny ones 🍄

Daniel Harwood has been looking for fungi you can see on the Nature Trail, and gives advice for fungi finding: "Walk slowly and sometimes stop and get down to have a close peer. Rummaging and kicking leaves about will destroy what you’re looking for."

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/candlesnuffs-earthstars-and-corals/

Following the latest government guidance, the Museum and Butterfly House will close from Thursday 5 November. Find out m...
03/11/2020

Following the latest government guidance, the Museum and Butterfly House will close from Thursday 5 November.

Find out more: https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/museum-closed-from-thursday-5-november-gardens-remain-open/

Our Gardens will remain open, including the café and kiosks (takeaway only), toilets and Sunday market, but please continue to follow social distancing and the latest safety advice.

Thank you to everyone who has visited and supported us during the past three months, and we hope to be able to welcome you back again soon.

If you have advance tickets to any of our attractions we will be in touch directly.

We will continue to share stories, news and updates online and across our social media channels whilst the Museum is closed, and let you know in advance about our plans for reopening.

The Horniman is a charity and every day that the Museum is closed means that we lose vital income that is needed to help care for our animal residents, and to continue to maintain our Gardens.

We would be very grateful if you would consider making a donation to the Horniman: https://www.horniman.ac.uk/support-us/donate/

The Cornish Record Office holds a recipe for a Witch Bottle: boiling up urine with iron nails and hair to protect from p...
31/10/2020

The Cornish Record Office holds a recipe for a Witch Bottle: boiling up urine with iron nails and hair to protect from potential danger. Witch bottles have been found in old buildings to keep the domestic realm from supernatural dangers. #Halloween

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/magic-charms-and-amulets/

Join us at 3pm today for a premiere of  Rebeca Omordia on the square piano in our new Hear it Live Digital series. The A...
29/10/2020

Join us at 3pm today for a premiere of Rebeca Omordia on the square piano in our new Hear it Live Digital series.

The African Concert Series 🎼

https://youtu.be/2667yoLDCUU

Hair: Untold Stories (opening October 2021) invites visitors to confront their own relationship to their hair, whilst ex...
28/10/2020

Hair: Untold Stories (opening October 2021) invites visitors to confront their own relationship to their hair, whilst exploring the many unexpected stories from the local to the global context.

Interested in joining our advisory panel for this exhibition? Find out more details here:

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/hair-untold-stories-join-our-advisory-panel/

Photo by Panos Damaskinidis for INFRINGE magazine

Today is #AppleDayThis painted wood carving of Adam and Eve made in Poland can be seen in the World Gallery.Village craf...
21/10/2020

Today is #AppleDay

This painted wood carving of Adam and Eve made in Poland can be seen in the World Gallery.

Village craftsmen made sculptures for their local church, household altar or roadside shrines.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/object/2016.112

Join us for Conversations around objects: Representing the unrepresentable.Dr Yewande Okuleye hosts three 1 hour convers...
20/10/2020

Join us for Conversations around objects: Representing the unrepresentable.

Dr Yewande Okuleye hosts three 1 hour conversations with influential Nigerians who work with Nigerian culture and heritage.

The live series weaves in dialogue, poetry and food to explore shared experiences and memories of identity and belonging, drawing on the Horniman collections.

In Dr Yewande Okuleye’s words, “as two Nigerians, we ‘stand in’ for the object, we complete the narratives of the object: our very presence decolonises this space”.

Conversation with Onyekachi Wambu
21 October 2020, 6 – 7pm

Onyekachi Wambu is the Director of the African Foundation For Development (AFFORD), as well as a historian and writer. This conversation will explore Igbo Ukwu art, moving on to Igbo language, history and culture.

Conversation with Uche Nwokedi
29 October 2020, 6 – 7pm

Uche Nwokedi is the director of Kakadu, a hugely popular musical that has toured globally in Nigeria, Switzerland and South Africa. Kakadu is the name of a famous nightclub in 1960s Lagos and the story captures the carefree spirit of post-independent Nigeria and the joys, tribulations and resilience of four friends, as their lives are ruptured by the civil war. ​

Conversation with Remi Vaughan-Richards
4 November 2020, 6 – 7pm

Remi Vaughan-Richards is the director of award winning documentary Faaji Agba. Faaji Agba is an intimate portrait of the history, culture and music scene of Lagos through the musical adventures and reunion of long forgotten musicians. The documentary will serve as an inroad to talk about memories of Lagos and the global influence of Nigerian Music.

Book your free online ticket:
https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/conversations-around-objects-representing-the-unrepresentable/

Today is #WorldFoodDayHow do we keep the food in our collections from going mouldy?We can prevent mould growth by stoppi...
16/10/2020

Today is #WorldFoodDay

How do we keep the food in our collections from going mouldy?

We can prevent mould growth by stopping the environment from being too damp, making them less likely to go mouldy than the food we eat.

Find out more about how we keep our food from deteriorating here: https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/keeping-food-in-our-collections/

Dr Yewande Okuleye hosts three 1 hour conversations with influential Nigerians who work with Nigerian culture and herita...
15/10/2020

Dr Yewande Okuleye hosts three 1 hour conversations with influential Nigerians who work with Nigerian culture and heritage.

The live series weaves in dialogue, poetry and food to explore shared experiences and memories of identity and belonging, drawing on the Horniman collections.

Conversations around objects: Representing the unrepresentable takes place 6pm - 7pm on 21, 29 October and 4 November.

Book your free tickets here: https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/conversations-around-objects-representing-the-unrepresentable/

The Horniman will turn its iconic clock faces green tonight (14 October) to celebrate its 16th consecutive Green Flag Aw...
14/10/2020

The Horniman will turn its iconic clock faces green tonight (14 October) to celebrate its 16th consecutive Green Flag Award.

The Horniman is one of more than 80 locations to #GoGreenForParks, with buildings and landmarks lighting up in a nationwide celebration of great quality parks and green spaces recognised by the Green Flag Awards, including the White Cliffs of Dover at Samphire Hoe, the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Salford’s Media City.

The green clock faces can be seen from dusk on 14 to 16 October.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/hornimans-clock-faces-go-green-for-parks/

The Grasslands Garden is really beautiful in Autumn, with different colours and a multitude of seed heads 🌿🌾🍂The display...
13/10/2020

The Grasslands Garden is really beautiful in Autumn, with different colours and a multitude of seed heads 🌿🌾🍂

The display highlights not only a beautiful and sustainable space but also one which links to the Horniman’s World Gallery of anthropology by exploring indigenous people’s relationships to grassland landscapes.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/grasslands-garden/

Community Action Researcher Juma Ondeng has been looking at colonial museum practices that have ignored knowledge from t...
09/10/2020
Appreciating Community Knowledge - Horniman Museum and Gardens

Community Action Researcher Juma Ondeng has been looking at colonial museum practices that have ignored knowledge from the communities objects came from, knowledge which is disappearing with each generation.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/appreciating-community-knowledge/ #blackhistorymonth

Juma Ondeng has been looking at colonial museum practices that have ignored community knowledge, which is disappearing with each generation.

09/10/2020
Helena Hunter & Mark Peter Wright: Falling Birds (Corbel Stone Press 10th Anniversary)

Watch this short film that features images and poems from Helena Hunter's exhibition Falling Birds.

X-ray photographs and poetic texts highlight extinction and the alarming decline in bird species around the world.

Part of the Aerial Festival and Corbel Stone Press' 10th Anniversary. The film has a soundtrack by sound artist Mark Peter Wright.

https://youtu.be/_cXT9_6zpCo

Helena Hunter works at the intersections of visual art, poetry and performance. Mark Peter Wright is an artist and researcher working with sound, ecology and...

Dog walkers, bring your four-legged friends to the Architecture of Dogs Roadshow on 25 October in the Gardens. Part of J...
08/10/2020
Architecture for Dogs Roadshow - Horniman Museum and Gardens

Dog walkers, bring your four-legged friends to the Architecture of Dogs Roadshow on 25 October in the Gardens. Part of Japan House London's #ArchitectureForDogs exhibition 🐕🐾

The structures have been designed for dogs by world-class architects and designers, and will be touring some of London’s most popular dog-walking sites this autumn, including the Horniman.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/architecture-for-dogs-roadshow/ Photo: Yoda Hiroshi

Visit this interactive display of architectural pieces designed for dogs with your four-legged friends, as part of Japan House London's Architecture for Dogs exhibition.

Animal Assistant Ruth took these lovely pictures of the Blue Morpho in the Butterfly House recently 🦋They are some of th...
07/10/2020

Animal Assistant Ruth took these lovely pictures of the Blue Morpho in the Butterfly House recently 🦋

They are some of the most eye-catching species, not just because of their iridesent blue colour, but also because of their impressive wingspan, which can measure up to eight inches.

See them for yourself in the Butterfly House: https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/butterfly-house/

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100 London Road
London
SE23 3PQ

Buses: 176, 185, 197, 356, P4 (Stop outside the Museum and Gardens) and 122, 363, P13 (Stop nearby) Train: To Forest Hill (trains from London Bridge, Victoria, Clapham Junction, New Cross Gate, East Cryodon, Sutton and Purley)

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The Horniman Story

Bring the world to Forest Hill

Frederick John Horniman, Victorian tea trader and philanthropist, began collecting objects, specimens and artefacts 'illustrating natural history and the arts and handicrafts of various peoples of the world' from around 1860. His overarching mission was to 'bring the world to Forest Hill' and educate and enrich the lives of the local community.

His travels took him to far flung destinations such as Egypt, Sri Lanka, Burma, China, Japan, Canada and the United States collecting objects which 'either appealed to his own fancy or that seemed to him likely to interest and inform those who had not had the opportunity to visit distant lands'. Mr Horniman’s interest as a collector was well known and many travellers approached him with specimens and curiosities.

By the late nineteenth century, these 'natural, industrial and artistic spoils had accumulated to such an extent that he gave up the whole house to the collections'.

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