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Accessible and fully-supported short term loans from the Horniman collections to other venues

Object in Focus is a loans programme funded by the Arts Council England which aims to improve access to our collections and strengthen partnerships by offering a range of objects for loan free of charge. These loans meet the same documentation, conservation and exhibition standards as our regular loans, and conservation and collections management support is provided throughout. This programme is available until March 2022 and aims to pioneer a proactive and accessible way of offering loans.

The programme offers free of charge:

  • An object or selection of objects on short-term loan from a portfolio of objects from the Horniman’s diverse collections.
  • The option of borrowing a showcase (either 1800mm x 1000mm² or 1800mm x 700mm²) with lighting (depending on the object).
  • Transport and installation/de-installation of the object and showcase.
  • An interpretation panel and mount for the display.
  • The option of publicity (postcards or bookmarks) for the loan and talk/event.
  • The option of professional development or a specialist talk/event related to the loan.
  • Support from the project coordinator throughout the loan process.

Who is eligible?

We are keen to work with small museums and other venues in London and the South East of England, however, we may be able to loan further afield. Please contact us to discuss eligibility.

Venues will need to commit to the following:

  • A contact who is regularly available to coordinate the loan.
  • Time to commit to the paperwork, a pre-loan visit and installation of the loan.
  • To work with us if need be to meet environmental and security conditions set out by our conservators and UKRG.
  • Step free access and space for a showcase, or your own suitable showcase.

Current and upcoming displays

  • WW1 military bugle at Eden Valley Museum from 20 March to 30 June 2019 (as part of their exhibition "We Will Remember Them")
  • Pair of Marquesan stilt steps at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance from 29 March to 1 July 2019. The stilts will be on display at the Horniman from 5 July to coincide with the Trinity Laban Dance Festival on 7 July 2019 where students will perform dances inspired by the objects.
  • 62 Romanian decorated Easter eggs at Arts Network from 4 April to 17 July 2019
  • Four Candomble ferramenta at Crawley Museum from 3 July to 15 December 2019
  • Chimpanzee skeleton at the Powell-Cotton Museum from 9 July to 15 December 2019
  • Zhenwu figure at Chiddingstone Castle from 21 July to 30 October 2019
  • Sawfish rostra at The Deep in Hull from 27 September 2019 to 1 April 2020 to coincide with International Sawfish Day on 17 October

Upcoming events

Objects in the project

Objects selected for loan span the Horniman’s three core collections; Natural History, Anthropology and Musical Instruments. The objects can be used to launch a new or redeveloped gallery, provide a theme for activities or to highlight a collection and encourage visitors. We can also offer advice on how to link loaned objects to your current collections, and to discuss possible themes and connections.

Anthropology:

Natural History:

Musical Instruments:

Follow our progress

You can see the locations of some of our current and past Object in Focus Loans on our Loans Map.

More information

For more information on our Object in Focus project and the objects available for loan, please email the project coordinator Sarah Sinka on ssinka@horniman.ac.uk or call 0208 858 8232.