Bring the World Gallery to the Horniman

by Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, Greater London, England

The new World Gallery will celebrate the wonder and complexity of what it means to be human. Support us and be part of this amazing project.

by Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, Greater London, England

We did it
On 7th November 2017 we successfully raised £25,957 with 310 supporters in 42 days

The World Gallery crowdfunder has now closed but you can still donate to the World Gallery appeal and find out more about the project on the Horniman website.

We need your help to create a new, free gallery at the Horniman.

The World Gallery will celebrate what it means to be human. It will include more than 3,000 extraordinary objects from around the world, works of art and fun things to touch, play with and even smell. The World Gallery will be a place of inspiration for visitors of all ages and will promote tolerance, respect and empathy.

The World Gallery is due to open in June 2018. As a charity, we've had lots of organisations helping us get towards the £4.6million we need to make it happen, we now need your help.

New rewards have just been released - see more information further down.

World Gallery balcony and aisle. Planning and design by Ralph Appelbaum Associates.

What is the World Gallery?

Our Anthropology collection has expanded over more than a century. The new anthropology gallery will showcase this collection, from exploring the different ways people live to what brings us joy.

Visitors will be able explore their own and other cultures, and develop an appreciation of the similarities and differences between them.

Find out more about what we have planned in the World Gallery below, and how we are transforming the space.

Why are we doing this?

Over the years, the impressive building that Frederick Horniman gave to the community started to fall into disrepair. Damp walls, inflexible spaces and poor lighting were affecting the collections and the experience of our visitors.

Research revealed that, although innovative at the time of their development, the old African Worlds and Centenary Galleries were seen as having outdated content, interpretation and style of display. Unable to show the breadth of our collections, visitor numbers were decreasing. We realised we needed to bring new life to our galleries and anthropology displays.

The changes we’ll make

Some much needed TLC and structural changes will re-introduce daylight to the South Hall, enhancing the visitor experience and recapturing the spirit of the original building.

Visitors will find access easier, both in terms of layout and through new information showing the breadth and depth of the Anthropology collection. Visitors will be able to use all their senses to understand the collection, whether through object handling, interactives or playful exhibits. 

One of the banners which will be displayed in the new gallery created by Ed Hall, with input from our lovely volunteers.

Why we need your help

Museums and galleries are facing challenging times with local and national governments making tough decisions about funding. Rather than developing and enhancing collections, some are having to look at cuts and reducing activities.

We have successfully raised money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other grant-making bodies, including Foyle Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Pilgrim Trust, the Sackler Trust, Viridor Credits and the Wolfson Foundation. We are so close to our total, but now we need your help.

We are asking for £30,000 in donations to bring the World Gallery to the Horniman. Please donate, and share our crowdfunder as widely as possible.

Your support will help us care for, and share, this important resource with a wide range of audiences for generations to come. This is your opportunity to create a really special place for you, your friends, neighbours and the community.

Help us to inspire people, and ensure there are no barriers in connecting with our collections.

What will it look like? 

The main elements are:

The World Gallery
Downstairs we are transforming one of our major spaces into the World Gallery. This will showcase and interpret objects from five continents, revealing the strength and depth of this incredible collection. On the Balcony upstairs we will tell the story of Frederick Horniman’s original gift and inspirational founding vision to provide ‘recreation, education and enjoyment’ for the community. There will also be an area for photographic exhibitions.

This new gallery will include:

  • Visitors will be welcomed into the new gallery with an introduction to the emotional role that objects play in our daily lives. Digital displays will present local people talking about their personal treasures, and visitors will be encouraged to reconsider the significance of objects on display elsewhere, questioning those we place value on and why.
  • At the heart of the gallery are a series of encounters presenting slices of life from the Americas, Africa, Oceania, Europe and Asia. Originating from communities across the globe, the objects celebrate human creativity, imagination and adaptability from the past to the present-day.
  • Beyond these encounters, different perspectives on our collections will explore the many ways that people understand and describe the world. Highlighting universal categories and ideas, objects will be displayed in different groups to pose questions about how people classify the material world around them.
  • Frederick Horniman’s founding vision for the museum will be explored with objects from Surrey House, the forerunner of the present Museum. Horniman gave his museum and its collections to the people of London to help them discover the world – a legacy that lives on in the new gallery.
  • The gallery space is completed with kites and banners hanging from the newly renovated ceiling vault. Collected and commissioned from Guatemala, China, London and beyond, these emblems signify the global instinct to come together in celebration, play or protest.

Learning and engagement
For the last 50 years we’ve been renowned for our unique handling collection, offering the opportunity to touch objects from our collections such as a shark's jaw or a piece of an Ancient Egyptian coffin. We are developing new ways to engage with local people, community groups and school children with a new learning programme.

We will encourage a wider appreciation of our collection, examining its history, connections and relevance to people today by creating lessons for schools and resources for teachers and families, alongside resources and information in the gallery.

Conservation of architectural heritage
There will be vital architectural and infrastructure improvements in the gallery. The refurbishment and repair works will enable us to preserve both our internationally significant collection and our historic buildings.

Our Grade 2* listed Museum was designed in 1896 in the Arts and Crafts style by Charles Harrison Townsend, and our much-loved clocktower and original buildings were chosen by the people of Lewisham as their iconic building for the 2012 Olympics celebrations. This area of south London does not have as many cultural facilities and architecturally important buildings as other parts of London, which makes the Horniman all the more important.

Copyright Peter Cook.

NEW REWARDS

There are now two newly-released rewards available. You can receive a Limited Edition print specially created for the World Gallery crowdfunding campaign. This vibrant and colourful print will have a personalised message of thanks from the Horniman’s Director on the reverse.

Designed by Tanya Cornish of Chutney Chorus

AND

A behind-the-scenes tour for two of the Horniman’s stores. This is your chance to see up close our amazing collections not on public display, including Ancient Egyptian mummies, poisoned arrows and an Arts and Crafts harpsichord. These fascinating expert-led tours will be December 2017 & January 2018.

Rewards

Become part of the campaign and there are lots of rewards you can choose from. You can go on a behind-the-scenes tour, meet our curators, get an limited edition tote bag or even throw a party in the new gallery.

What is the Horniman?

Since opening in 1901, the award-winning Horniman Museum and Gardens in south London has provided an inspiring introduction to life on Earth. 

We have internationally important collections of Anthropology and Musical Instruments, alongside an acclaimed Aquarium, a new Butterfly House, our Natural History collection and 16.5 acres of beautiful Gardens. All of this enable the Horniman to draw together issues and stories relating to people, places, cultures and environments at a local, national and international level.

The Horniman actively seeks to engage people of all ages, back-grounds and abilities. We have an exceptional record of educational achievement and encourage participation from as wide a range of people as possible. We work with some of London’s most vulnerable and marginalised local communities. Our talented staff are helping drive good practice and innovation in the wider cultural sector through membership of professional networks, training and dissemination.

The story so far

Since then we’ve been working on this project to create the World Gallery:

  • 2012 – We started to review our Anthropology Collection thanks to funding we received from Arts Council England.
  • 2013 – The review led to a plan to redisplay our Anthropology Collection. The Horniman applied for Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) for this.
  • 2014 – Stage 1 funding was awarded in Oct 2014.
  • 2015 – Planning the project and consultation with our stakeholders.
  • Dec 2015 – Second stage application was submitted to HLF.
  • May 2016 - Plans to create a World Gallery at the Horniman received the green light, thanks to confirmed funding from the HLF.
  • Sept 2016 - The African Worlds and Centenary Galleries closed.
  • Sept – Nov 2016 – Taking out all the objects that were in the two galleries (very carefully!)
  • Nov 2016 – Building works started. All the empty cases in the gallery were taken out. New environmentally friendly heating and air vents were installed.
  • Feb 2017 – Scaffolding erected around the building. Contractors restored the roof penthouses.
  • June 2017 – Work on ceiling fin to allow natural light back into the gallery complete.
  • August 2017 – Kites and banners installed.
  • Oct 2017 – Building the new cases in the gallery.
  • November 2017 – February 2018 – installing around 3,000 objects into the World Gallery.
  • June 2018 – Opening time!

Thank you for your support.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

We'll proudly list your name, or a name you nominate, on a special backers' page on the Horniman Museum and Gardens website for a minimum of 18 months to say thank you for your support. The page will be live from June 2018. You'll also receive exclusive updates from our team as we prepare to open the new gallery.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

You'll receive a big social media thank you via our Twitter account. We'll either use your real life name or your Twitter handle, whichever you prefer. AND We'll proudly list your name, or a name you nominate, on a special backers' page on the Horniman website (for a minimum of 18 months from June). You'll also receive exclusive updates from our team as we prepare to open the new gallery.

£15 or more

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£15 Reward

A postcard of the Horniman's famous and much-loved walrus. AND You'll receive a big social media thank you via our Twitter account. AND We'll proudly list your name, or a name you nominate, on a special backers' page on the Horniman website (for a minimum of 18 months from June). You'll also receive exclusive updates from our team as we prepare to open the new gallery. Postage to UK only.

£19 or more

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£19 Reward

EARLY BIRD OFFER: A limited edition Horniman Museum and Gardens tote bag in pink. AND You'll receive a big social media thank you via our Twitter account. AND We'll proudly list your name, or a name you nominate, on a special backers' page on the Horniman website (for a minimum of 18 months from June). You'll also receive exclusive updates from our team as we prepare to open the new gallery. Postage to UK only.

£20 or more

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£20 Reward

A pair of tickets to the Horniman's Colour Late on a Thursday evening in late February or March 2018 (date tbc). The evening will be complete with talks, tours, food, drinks and activities galore. AND A big social media thank you via our Twitter account. AND Your name on a special backers' page on the Horniman website (minimum of 18 months from June). You'll also receive exclusive updates from our team as we prepare to open the new gallery.

£26 or more

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£26 Reward

A limited edition Horniman Museum and Gardens tote bag in pink. AND A big social media thank you via our Twitter account. AND Your name on a special backers' page on the Horniman website (minimum of 18 months from June). You'll also receive exclusive updates from our team as we prepare to open the new gallery. Postage to UK only.

£34 or more

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£34 Reward

EARLY BIRD OFFER: Receive a personalised poem from the walrus. Our much-loved (and well stuffed) walrus has a poetic side. Give him your name and he'll pen two verses of four lines each just for you. Please tell us who you’d like it dedicated to. Poem sent by email. AND A big social media thank you via our Twitter account. AND Your name on a special backers' page on the Horniman website. And receive exclusive updates from our team.

£40 or more

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£40 Reward

Receive a personalised poem from the walrus. Our much-loved (and well stuffed) walrus has a poetical side. Give him your name and he'll pen two verses of four lines each just for you. Please tell us who you’d like it dedicated to. Poem sent by email. AND A big social media thank you via our Twitter account. AND Your name on a special backers' page on the Horniman website. And receive exclusive updates from our team.

£50 or more

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£50 Reward

Your name recognised within the Museum as a thanks for your support. We'll display a board with the names of those who have been especially generous towards our World Gallery and your name will be included. The board will be displayed for a minimum of a year from June 2018. AND A big social media thank you via our Twitter account. AND Your name on a special backers' page on the Horniman website. And receive exclusive updates from our team.

£75 or more

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£75 Reward

Special tour of Butterfly House for a family or group of up to five. A behind-the-scenes group tour led by one of our Horniman butterfly keepers. You can choose from one of three dates - November, December, January. AND A big social media thank you via our Twitter account. AND Your name on a special backers' page on the Horniman website. And receive exclusive updates from our team.

£85 or more

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£85 Reward

NEW Limited Edition Print specially created for the World Gallery crowdfunding campaign. This vibrant and colourful print will have a personalised message of thanks from the Horniman’s Director on the reverse. Postage to UK only. AND Your name displayed within the Museum. AND Your name on a special backers' page on the Horniman website. And receive exclusive updates from our team.

£100 or more

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£100 Reward

Special view for backers: You and your guest will be some of the first to see the gallery when it opens to the public. Become one of the first to add your wish to our Cloutie tree. AND Your name displayed within the Museum as a thanks for your support. AND Your name on a special backers' page on the Horniman website. And receive exclusive updates from our team.

£200 or more

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£200 Reward

NEW Behind-the-scenes tour for two of the Horniman’s stores. This is your chance to see up close our amazing collections not on public display, including Ancient Egyptian mummies, poisoned arrows and an Arts and Crafts harpsichord. These fascinating expert-led tours will be Dec 2017 & Jan 2018. AND Your name displayed within the Museum. AND Your name on a special backers' page on the Horniman website. And receive exclusive updates from our team.

£500 or more

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£500 Reward

Four tickets to our VIP launch celebration for the World Gallery in June 2018. An exclusive event to celebrate the opening of the gallery. AND Your name displayed within the Museum as a thanks for your support. AND Your name on a special backers' page on the Horniman website. And receive exclusive updates from our team.

£750 or more

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£750 Reward

Personal curator-led tour for two of the World Gallery in the first weeks of opening. With more than 3,000 extraordinary objects, from old favourites to new acquisitions, the gallery will be a place of inspiration. You'll be introduced to some of our star objects and the stories behind them. AND Your name displayed within the Museum. AND Your name on a special backers' page on the Horniman website. And receive exclusive updates from our team.

£1,000 or more

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£1,000 Reward

CORPORATE BENEFACTOR: Your company will receive a curator’s tour of the World Gallery once it opens. The tour will be for 10 staff or clients. Your company's name will be recognised within the Museum and on our website as a thanks for your support. We'll also say thank you on social media.

£2,000 or more

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£2,000 Reward

Sponsor a bench in our display garden. The new wooden benches will be in our People and Prairies Garden, linked to the World Gallery and illustrated with content about people's relationships with the Prairie landscape. The benches will be installed in June 2018 with a plaque acknowledging your support and will be in the display garden for a minimum of 5 years. AND Your name displayed within the Museum, on the Horniman website. And updates.

£5,000 or more

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£5,000 Reward

A personal tour for you and a guest with a Horniman Director. With more than 3,000 extraordinary objects, from old favourites to new acquisitions, the gallery will be a place of inspiration. You will be introduced to some of our star objects and the stories behind them on your tour. AND Your name displayed within the Museum. AND Your name on a special backers' page on the Horniman website. And receive exclusive updates from our team.

£6,000 or more

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£6,000 Reward

Personal tour with a Director and curator for up to 4 people. Followed by a drinks reception. AND Four tickets to our VIP launch celebration for the World Gallery in June 2018. AND Your name displayed within the Museum. AND Your name on a special backers' page on the Horniman website. And receive exclusive updates from our team.

£10,000 or more

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£10,000 Reward

Private launch party for 15 people with a Director and Curator. An exclusive event for you and your guests to see the World Gallery and enjoy an out of hours look at the gallery. We will provide the catering for up to 15 people. For further information get in touch with us at fundraising@horniman.ac.uk. You'll also receive your name recognised within the Museum as a thanks for your support and a BIG thank you AND regular updates.

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