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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: 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

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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

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Steve Leonard speaks about coral research in our aquarium

TV presenter, vet and Horniman Museum and Gardens' patron, Steve Leonard speaks about our research into coral sexual reproduction in the Horniman's aquarium.

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Coral spawning in our aquarium

Video showing the spawning of Acropora valida (on 6 September 2013) and Acropora prostrata (on 5 October 2013) - a first milestone in our project to predictably spawn coral in captivity at the Horniman Museum and Gardens' Aquarium.

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Ash Tree Felling

On Wednesday 30 October 2013, one of the Ash trees in the Horniman Gardens was felled following storm damage.

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Collecting in the Kalash Valleys

Video exploring the Kalash culture of North-West Pakistan, filmed by our curator Tom Crowley (and Alex Robertson) in May 2013. Tom visited the area to collect examples of the striking costume which Kalasha women wear and to try to find out why Kalasha women make such distinctive clothes. Additional footage and editing by acapmedia - http://acapmedia.co.uk/

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Bioblitz Natural History Collections Review

Video showing scenes from our Bioblitz project - a review of our Natural History collection in a series of short, concentrated bursts.

Horniman Museum and Gardens: A Visit from New Hope International

On Saturday 8 June we were visited by New Hope International; a group who have spent the last few months exploring Congolese heritage in collaboration with UCL and the Royal Geographical Society. The group began with a tour of the African Worlds Gallery, before visiting our stores and looking at some of our objects that are not on display. We get to work closely with objects in this way all the time, and so it was wonderful to be able to share this with new people. This visit is part of our Collections People Stories project. Read more here: http://www.horniman.ac.uk/about/collections-people-stories Read a blog post about this visit from the project coordinator: http://www.horniman.ac.uk/get_involved/blog/a-visit-from-new-hope-international

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Tibetan Workshops

As part of the Collections People Stories project we approached the Tibetan diaspora community in London to help us organise a workshop on the significance of food in Tibetan culture, past and present. We were honoured to be invited to the community's Lhosar New Year celebrations, where we heard many stories of emigration from Tibet and met several community members who subsequently helped us greatly with the workshop. Collections People Stories: http://www.horniman.ac.uk/about/collections-people-stories Video by Acapmedia

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Behind the Scenes

See what is happening behind the scenes with our Collections People Stories project. Our teams are working in our stores organising and recording our collections, and we're working with researchers and community groups to learn more about these objects from around the world.

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders was a special day, organised in collaboration with Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers, celebrating global foods and food culture. The event included an installation by artist Seiwa Cunningham and people from Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers, an Eritrean coffee ceremony, tea-themed storytelling and more. Check out our In International Feast Pinterest board: http://bit.ly/1ctWvFs And one with table settings from around the world: http://bit.ly/1ctWAc8 http://www.horniman.ac.uk/ http://www.sdcas.org.uk/

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Making Rangoli

Visitors at our intergenerational event 'Food & Feasting: Across the Generations' making a giant Rangoli made from spices, lentil and vegetables.

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