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.

Operating as usual

David Boston, Director of the Horniman from 1965-1993, has passed away. You can read about his life, and his contributio...
20/04/2021
David Boston obituary

David Boston, Director of the Horniman from 1965-1993, has passed away. You can read about his life, and his contribution to the Horniman.

David’s geniality and enthusiasm for the Horniman’s work were a constant, and he remained interested and in touch with us until recently.

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/apr/18/david-boston-obituary

Director of the Horniman museum in London for 28 years who fought hard to guarantee its future

What impact does the food we eat have on the environment? Climate and Ecology Coordinator Carole Destre talks us through...
20/04/2021

What impact does the food we eat have on the environment? Climate and Ecology Coordinator Carole Destre talks us through how we can buy and eat food in an eco-friendly way and why it’s so important.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/the-environmental-impact-of-food/

What impact does the food we eat have on the environment? Climate and Ecology Coordinator Carole Destre talks us through how we can buy and eat food in an eco-friendly way and why it’s so important.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/the-environmental-impact-of-food/

Missing the Music Gallery? Watch Steven Devine's Hear It Live! Digital: At Home with the Horniman on Youtube 🎹🎶youtu.be/...
19/04/2021
Hear It Live! Digital - Steven Devine, At Home with the Horniman (Part 2)

Missing the Music Gallery?

Watch Steven Devine's Hear It Live! Digital: At Home with the Horniman on Youtube 🎹🎶

youtu.be/bSDpAPFxIjU

Join us for a demonstration tour by acclaimed early keyboard specialist, Steven Devine, of the playable instruments in the Museum’s Music Gallery.This video ...

Now that things are opening up, don’t forget to take care of your mental health.Studies show that being among nature can...
18/04/2021

Now that things are opening up, don’t forget to take care of your mental health.

Studies show that being among nature can improve wellbeing and lift your mood.

Our gardens remain open for you to find some quiet time, every day until 8.20pm.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/gardens/

Now that things are opening up, don’t forget to take care of your mental health.

Studies show that being among nature can improve wellbeing and lift your mood.

Our gardens remain open for you to find some quiet time, every day until 8.20pm.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/gardens/

For Muslims around the world, it’s Ramadan at the moment. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is when...
17/04/2021

For Muslims around the world, it’s Ramadan at the moment. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the prophet Mohammad, 1,400 years ago.

During Ramadan Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

This amulet contains two printed verses of the Quran, one of which is the Ayat Al Kursi. When engraved on jewellery, the Ayat Al Kursi gives protection to the wearer.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/object/6.12.65/611

For Muslims around the world, it’s Ramadan at the moment. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the prophet Mohammad, 1,400 years ago.

During Ramadan Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

This amulet contains two printed verses of the Quran, one of which is the Ayat Al Kursi. When engraved on jewellery, the Ayat Al Kursi gives protection to the wearer.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/object/6.12.65/611

With the help of Professor of Horticultural Ecology James Hitchmough, our Gardens Team has developed a new Grasslands Ga...
16/04/2021

With the help of Professor of Horticultural Ecology James Hitchmough, our Gardens Team has developed a new Grasslands Gardens and that has meant planting 5,000 perennials from North America and South Africa.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/growing-a-garden-from-scratch/

With the help of Professor of Horticultural Ecology James Hitchmough, our Gardens Team has developed a new Grasslands Gardens and that has meant planting 5,000 perennials from North America and South Africa.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/growing-a-garden-from-scratch/

14/04/2021
Donate Today: London Road Tree Planting Appeal

The Horniman Gardens have always been a wonderful resource for all of our local community, and this past year has seen them play an even more important role in helping people’s mental health and wellbeing.

We now want to enhance the Gardens by creating a more welcoming, safe and peaceful haven for people and wildlife. One of the country’s busiest and most congested roads – London’s South Circular (A205) – runs alongside the Horniman. As a result, our Gardens and the wildlife that live there suffer from noise and air pollution at an increasing rate. With your help, we will improve the existing plant border on the boundary of the garden, providing a natural and safe environment for wildlife, enhancing biodiversity, providing shade and improving air quality and reducing noise pollution.

With our stretch target of £20,000 you could help look after the woodland edge habitat for years to come as it grows and develops. If you love our Gardens please donate today. Your donation will make a huge difference.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/support-us/london-road-tree-appeal/

The Horniman Cafe is now open daily, 10am - 5pm  with seating outside only.Find out everything you need to know about fo...
13/04/2021

The Horniman Cafe is now open daily, 10am - 5pm with seating outside only.

Find out everything you need to know about food and drink at the Horniman, from where to have your picnic to what time the Café kiosk closes.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/plan-your-visit/food-drink/

The Horniman Cafe is now open daily, 10am - 5pm with seating outside only.

Find out everything you need to know about food and drink at the Horniman, from where to have your picnic to what time the Café kiosk closes.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/plan-your-visit/food-drink/

The Great Walrus Tea Party is back for a second year and we're marking the Horniman's 120th birthday. 🎉🎂🧁🍰Celebrate with...
12/04/2021

The Great Walrus Tea Party is back for a second year and we're marking the Horniman's 120th birthday. 🎉🎂🧁🍰

Celebrate with us and throw a tea party on Tuesday 29 June, or anytime that month, to raise much-needed funds and mark the Horniman’s special day.

Sign up and find out more: https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/join-the-great-walrus-tea-party-2021/

The totem pole facing out onto London Road was London’s first Alaskan totem pole. It was carved by Nathan Jackson, a Tli...
06/04/2021

The totem pole facing out onto London Road was London’s first Alaskan totem pole. It was carved by Nathan Jackson, a Tlingit from Alaska, at the Museum of Mankind from 15 May to 15 June 1985.

The 20-foot high structure of carved red cedar, painted with specially imported ‘ranch paint’, was unveiled in its present position on 29 June 1985.

An eagle, Nathan Jackson’s main clan crest, is at the top of the pole. Beneath is a girl with a bag and a grizzly bear, illustrating a legend from the North West Coast of America of a girl who married a bear.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/other-horniman-sights-to-see/

The totem pole facing out onto London Road was London’s first Alaskan totem pole. It was carved by Nathan Jackson, a Tlingit from Alaska, at the Museum of Mankind from 15 May to 15 June 1985.

The 20-foot high structure of carved red cedar, painted with specially imported ‘ranch paint’, was unveiled in its present position on 29 June 1985.

An eagle, Nathan Jackson’s main clan crest, is at the top of the pole. Beneath is a girl with a bag and a grizzly bear, illustrating a legend from the North West Coast of America of a girl who married a bear.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/other-horniman-sights-to-see/

On the Saturday before Easter in Poland, the tradition of egg decorating, pisanki takes place, a tradition that’s more t...
03/04/2021

On the Saturday before Easter in Poland, the tradition of egg decorating, pisanki takes place, a tradition that’s more than a thousand years old. One technique to decorate the eggs is to apply wax, which would then be removed after dying.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/easter-around-the-world

On the Saturday before Easter in Poland, the tradition of egg decorating, pisanki takes place, a tradition that’s more than a thousand years old. One technique to decorate the eggs is to apply wax, which would then be removed after dying.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/easter-around-the-world

30/03/2021
What is ocean plastic pollution?

What is plastic pollution? And what can we do about it?

Deputy Aquarium Curator Michelle Calvert talks us through the importance of water on our planet, what’s happening to it, and what we can do to look after it better.

Join the Environment Champions Club by signing up to our newsletter: https://www.horniman.ac.uk/about-the-horniman/climate-and-ecology/environment-champions-club/

And joining our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/environmentchampions

Did you know that 60% of the world’s coral reefs may die within the next 20 years?Coral reefs are one the most biologica...
30/03/2021

Did you know that 60% of the world’s coral reefs may die within the next 20 years?

Coral reefs are one the most biologically diverse habitats on earth, taking up less than 0.1% of the ocean floor they are home to 25% of all marine life.

Find out what we are doing to help in Project Coral.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/project/project-coral/

Next Thursday's Hear it Live! will feature a demonstration tour by acclaimed early keyboard specialist, Steven Devine, o...
28/03/2021

Next Thursday's Hear it Live! will feature a demonstration tour by acclaimed early keyboard specialist, Steven Devine, of the playable instruments in the Museum’s Music Gallery. Be sure to join us on YouTube on 1 April at 3pm.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/hear-it-live/

Are you visiting Sunday's Horniman Market? It's open 10am - 3pm in the Horniman Gardens. Check for updates for who is tr...
27/03/2021

Are you visiting Sunday's Horniman Market?

It's open 10am - 3pm in the Horniman Gardens. Check for updates for who is trading on our website.

Please continue to follow social distancing measures.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/horniman-market/

📣Hey everyone, PLONK Golf is back and just in time for the Easter Holidays. 🏌️‍♀️🥚Social distance measures will be in pl...
25/03/2021

📣Hey everyone, PLONK Golf is back and just in time for the Easter Holidays. 🏌️‍♀️🥚

Social distance measures will be in place, as well as a sanitisation station for the putters and balls. Only a limited number will be able to play on the course at one time.

Open from Monday 29 March, booking available now on the PLONK Golf website.🎟️

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/plonk-crazy-golf/

Hello, Members! Book now for the last remaining exclusive Busy Bees sessions of March. Storytellers change every week, w...
24/03/2021

Hello, Members! Book now for the last remaining exclusive Busy Bees sessions of March.

Storytellers change every week, with enchanting stories from around the world, songs and a whole lot of Horniman fun, created with very young children and their carers in mind.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/busy-bees/

22/03/2021
Join the Environment Champions Club

We are launching the Environment Champions Club – a free virtual club where families can learn about the environment, share advice, and take positive actions to reduce our impact on the natural world.

Environment Champions Club members will have access to:

🌳Videos and talks from Horniman curators and experts

🌷Activities and ideas for at home tasks

🍂Information and resources

🥕An action chart to measure your progress

🌸A community of likeminded families who also want to tackle the climate and ecological emergency

🌿A Facebook group and monthly newsletter

Each one of us can make small positive changes in our day-to-day lives to take care of the environment.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/about-the-horniman/climate-and-ecology/environment-champions-club/

Are you a writer, aged 16 – 18 and interested in human cultures? Apply to the Goldsmiths Young Anthropologist Writing Co...
21/03/2021

Are you a writer, aged 16 – 18 and interested in human cultures? Apply to the Goldsmiths Young Anthropologist Writing Competition.

They are looking for 1,000 word essay responses about an object or a photograph that means something to you. What is it, and why is it important to you? What stories can it tell?

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/young-anthropologist-writing-competition/

Today is officially the first day of Spring.We sure are looking forward to sunnier days ahead. Snowdrops are synonymous ...
20/03/2021

Today is officially the first day of Spring.

We sure are looking forward to sunnier days ahead.

Snowdrops are synonymous with hope and a sure sign that spring is on the way. They can be spotted around the Gardens and on the Nature Trail.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/snowdrops-and-parakeets/

It's been one year today since we closed our doors for the first lockdown.We miss welcoming visitors to the Museum and B...
18/03/2021

It's been one year today since we closed our doors for the first lockdown.

We miss welcoming visitors to the Museum and Butterfly House, but are so happy that the Gardens have helped many of you during this time - lots of you have shared beautiful pictures of the Gardens with us over the last 12 months.

During the past year many of our staff have been working throughout, lots of them still on site caring for our animals, Gardens, buildings and collections 🌳🏛🐰🏺

If you would like to support our work, please donate and help us to shape a positive future for generations to come. Thank you.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/support-us/donate/

In July 2019 we declared a climate and ecological emergency. In January 2020 we announced our Climate and Ecology Manife...
18/03/2021

In July 2019 we declared a climate and ecological emergency. In January 2020 we announced our Climate and Ecology Manifesto, which outlines our platform for action and the steps the Horniman will take to mitigate against the climate and ecological emergency and to help shape a positive future for generations to come.

Did you know that we’ve recycled 187,000 litres of water from the Aquarium’s water filters, and used it to water our gardens?

See what else we have done and will be doing to help against the crisis facing our environment.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/about-the-horniman/climate-and-ecology/

Happy St. Patrick's Day.According to legends, Saint Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity t...
17/03/2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

According to legends, Saint Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans.

The name shamrock comes from Irish seamróg which is the root word of seamair óg and means "young clover".

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/object/nn3586/

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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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