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Horniman Museum & Gardens

Open since Victorian times, when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to visitors, the collection has since grown tenfold. It now includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium and natural history collection. Unusually for such an important museum, you can see objects up-close and face-to-face. You can even pick up, try on and play with some of the objects.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £1,026,314
  • 2013-2014: £1,017,884
  • 2014-2015: £1,009,097

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Horniman Museum and Gardens: Curious Tea Party

In July 2014 the Horniman staged the Curious Tea Party in partnership with Trinity Laban, as part of the Big Dance Festival. The event was an eccentric weekend of Edwardian inpsired music, art and performance which brought dance into the museum like never before. Find out more about the event: http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/hornimans-curious-tea-party Video by Acapmedia: http://acapmedia.co.uk/

Horniman Museum and Gardens: An A to Z of objects in the Shaftesbury Clinic

Animation made by participants in a community learning project from The Shaftesbury Clinic, a medium secure facility in Tooting, part of South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust. The Community Learning team at the Horniman worked with six people on the ward and the Occupational Therapy team over 9 sessions in early 2014. Working with a professional animator, the group created this film and a glimpse into what life is like on the ward through the everyday objects around them.

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Community Fieldworkers: Rupert

Rupert, who took part in our Community Fieldworkers project, explains how his spoken word performances were inspired by objects from our collections. Find out more: http://bit.ly/HCFStory

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Community Fieldworkers: Annie

Annie, who took part in our Community Fieldworkers project, explains how a fish hook from our collections inspired her artwork. Find out more: http://bit.ly/HCFStory

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Horniman Museum and Gardens: Community Fieldworkers: Paulette

Paulette, who took part in our Community Fieldworkers project, speaks about how a navigation chart from the Marshall Islands inspired her artwork, The People Clock. Find out more: http://bit.ly/HCFStory

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Community Fieldworkers: Judith

Judith, who took part in our Community Fieldworkers, explains how she made artwork inspired by our collections and her memories. Find out more: http://bit.ly/HCFStory

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Community Fieldworkers: Phil

Phil, who took part in our Community Fieldworkers project, explains the ideas behind the artwork he created. Find out more: http://bit.ly/HCFStory

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Community Fieldworkers: Joel

Joel, who took part in our Community Fieldworkers project, talks about map artwork he and a group of adults at Mulberry Day Centre created, inspired by a navigation chart from the Marshall Islands. Find out more: http://bit.ly/HCFStory

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Community Fieldworkers: Nicola

Nicola speaks about our Community Fieldworkers project, explaining about the project and exhibition. Find out more: http://bit.ly/HCFStory

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Celebrating our Engage Volunteers

It's the 5th anniversary of having our brilliant Engage Volunteers at the Horniman. So we've made this short film celebrating their achievements and encouraging more people to join in. If you are interested in joining Engage Volunteers, please visit: http://horniman.ac.uk/get_involved/volunteering-in-the-galleries

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Merman CT Scan 5

A revolving 3D image of the CT Scan of the Horniman Merman, showing the wood and wire frame, with a softer wood stick to form the neck. Scanned at the Saad Centre for Radiography, City University London. CT data processed by James Moffat, St George's, University of London. Read more about the Horniman Merman: www.horniman.ac.uk/collections/stories/manmade-mermaids

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Merman CT Scan 4

A revolving 3D image of the CT Scan of the Horniman Merman, showing the wood and wire frame with loose packing material, a bundle of string to form the head and metal wire arms. Scanned at the Saad Centre for Radiography, City University London. CT data processed by James Moffat, St George's, University of London. Read more about the Horniman Merman: www.horniman.ac.uk/collections/stories/manmade-mermaids

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Merman CT Scan 3

A revolving 3D image of the CT Scan of the Horniman Merman, showing clay covering the body and string forming the head. Scanned at the Saad Centre for Radiography, City University London. CT data processed by James Moffat, St George's, University of London. Read more about the Horniman Merman: www.horniman.ac.uk/collections/stories/manmade-mermaids

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Merman CT Scan 2

A revolving 3D image of the CT Scan of the Horniman Merman, showing additional packing material and the bony components of fish (tail, fin and jaws). Scanned at the Saad Centre for Radiography, City University London. CT data processed by James Moffat, St George's, University of London. Read more about the Horniman Merman: www.horniman.ac.uk/collections/stories/manmade-mermaids

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Merman CT Scan 1

A revolving 3D image of the CT Scan of the Horniman Merman, showing the final form with fish skin and sculpted papier mache surface. Scanned at the Saad Centre for Radiography, City University London. CT data processed by James Moffat, St George's, University of London. Read more about the Horniman Merman: www.horniman.ac.uk/collections/stories/manmade-mermaids

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Vine

One of the winning pieces from the Horniman Musical Composition Competition is performed at the launch event of 'At Home With Music', a new permanent display in the Horniman's Music Gallery. This piece, by Tim Watts from Ely in Cambridgeshire is titled 'Vine', and is performed by Jane Chapman on a 1772 Jacob Kirckman harpsichord from the Horniman's collection. At Home With Music at the Horniman: http://www.horniman.ac.uk/get_involved/news/at-home-with-music-opens-at-the-horniman The Horniman Musical Composition Competition: http://www.horniman.ac.uk/get_involved/news/winners-of-composition-competition-announced Video by Acapmedia

Horniman Museum and Gardens: The Sprawl

One of the winning pieces from the Horniman Musical Composition Competition is performed at the launch event of 'At Home With Music', a new permanent display in the Horniman's Music Gallery. This piece, by Adam W. Stafford from Dukinfield in Cheshire is titled 'The Sprawl', and is performed by Jane Chapman on a 1772 Jacob Kirckman harpsichord from the Horniman's collection. At Home With Music at the Horniman: http://www.horniman.ac.uk/get_involved/news/at-home-with-music-opens-at-the-horniman The Horniman Musical Composition Competition: http://www.horniman.ac.uk/get_involved/news/winners-of-composition-competition-announced Video by Acapmedia

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Amulets Workshop

As part of our 'Health and Healing' theme, the Collections People Stories project spent some time studying the many amulets and charms in the Horniman's Anthropology Collections. Find out more about the Collections People Stories project: www.horniman.ac.uk/about/collections-people-stories Explore the Horniman's Anthropology collections online: www.horniman.ac.uk/collections/browse-our-collections/collection/anthropology Video by Acapmedia: acapmedia.co.uk

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Extremes

Our #ExtremeCurator, Paolo Viscardi gives a quick preview of the Horniman's Extremes Exhibition. Paolo has spent the last few weeks completing his own Extreme challenges in hot, dry, cold, dark and low oxygen environments. Watch his adventures here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVLBYq1ay8T6CCm5n2ftpm58WRb416s6B Extremes is open at the Horniman Museum and Gardens until 2 November 2014. horniman.ac.uk/extremes

#ExtremeCurator: Dark

Deputy Keeper of Natural History Paolo Viscardi tries to navigate the familiar Natural History Gallery after being plunged into darkness. Horniman Museum and Gardens Natural History Gallery: www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/displays/natural-history The #ExtremeCurator challenge sees Paolo venturing into extreme environments - hot, cold, arid, dark and high altitude - to explore the challenges faced by some of the creatures in our new exhibition, Extremes. Extremes opens at the Horniman on 15 February 2014: www.horniman.ac.uk/extremes Tickets are now available online. Horniman Members go free.

Youth Panel - Hypothermia

On 30 November 2013, the Horniman Youth Panel took over for the fourth year running to present Hypothermia, a free pop-up club night with live bands, acoustic set, chill out room and photobooth. Horniman Youth Panel: http://www.horniman.ac.uk/get_involved/youth-panel

#ExtremeCurator: Dry

Deputy Keeper of Natural History Paolo Viscardi faces dry desert heat in London South Bank University's environmental chamber. Centre for Air Conditioning and Refridgeration Research: http://bit.ly/CACRR_LSBU The #ExtremeCurator challenge sees Paolo venturing into extreme environments - hot, cold, arid, dark and high altitude - to explore the challenges faced by some of the creatures in our new exhibition, Extremes. Extremes opens at the Horniman on 15 February 2014: www.horniman.ac.uk/extremes Tickets are now available online. Horniman Members go free.

#ExtremeCurator: Hot

Deputy Keeper of Natural History Paolo Viscardi attempts a Hot Bikram Yoga class in the #ExtremeCurator uniform, as his third challenge. Hot Bikram Yoga: hotbikramyoga.co.uk The #ExtremeCurator challenge sees Paolo venturing into extreme environments - hot, cold, arid, dark and high altitude - to explore the challenges faced by some of the creatures in our new exhibition, Extremes. Extremes opens at the Horniman on 15 February 2014: www.horniman.ac.uk/extremes Tickets are now available online. Horniman Members go free.

#ExtremeCurator: Low Oxygen

Deputy Keeper of Natural History Paolo Viscardi ventures to London's Altitude centre to take a breath at 6,000 metres for his next #ExtremeCurator challenge. The Altitude Centre: www.altitudecentre.com The #ExtremeCurator challenge sees Paolo venturing into extreme environments - hot, cold, arid, dark and high altitude - to explore the challenges faced by some of the creatures in our new exhibition, Extremes. Extremes opens at the Horniman on 15 February 2014: www.horniman.ac.uk/extremes

#ExtremeCurator: Cold

Deputy Keeper of Natural History Paolo Viscardi braves London's Icebar for the first of his #ExtremeCurator challenges, and experiences some of the difficulties that come with surviving in sub-zero temperatures. Icebar, London: www.belowzerolondon.com The #ExtremeCurator challenge sees Paolo venturing into extreme environments - hot, cold, arid, dark and high altitude - to explore the challenges faced by some of the creatures in our new exhibition, Extremes. Extremes opens at the Horniman on 15 February 2014: www.horniman.ac.uk/extremes

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