Museums & Heritage

The Horniman Museum and Gardens

The Horniman Museum and Gardens in South London, has been open to the public for over 100 years when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and collection of objects to visitors. Today the free museum includes internationally significant collections of anthropology and musical instruments, a natural history collection plus an aquarium and butterfly house, all set within 16 acres of gardens.

In a major development of its gallery spaces, the Horniman’s anthropology collection was redisplayed and opened to the public in June 2018. The newly presented World Gallery explores how we categorise the world and how objects can reveal the way we live our lives. The galleries enable visitors to explore contemporary issues such as climate change, migration and displacement alongside artwork and objects from ancient civilisations.

The Horniman Museum has a relationship with the Foundation and has worked hard to ensure that the Trustees were kept up to date with developments and changes within the organisation. This gave the Trustees confidence that the museum would manage the project well and achieve its goals and so were happy to make a pledge at the start of the museum’s fundraising campaign to encourage other funders to support the project. The Trustees made a second grant more recently to help the museum complete the project’s funding.

“Garfield Weston Foundation’s support was a major boost to our fundraising campaign and vital in encouraging other funders to support the Anthropology Redisplay project. This was central to our aim to reach new audiences and improve the use of our collections”.  Nick Merriman, Director