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Back our World Gallery crowdfunder

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.

  • Artists impression of the World Gallery, World Gallery aisle, Planning and design by Ralph Appelbaum Associates
    World Gallery aisle, Planning and design by Ralph Appelbaum Associates

The World Gallery is due to open in June 2018. While lots of organisations are helping us get towards the £4.6million we need to make it happen, we now need your help.

Please back our crowdfunder to help us reach our target. We have lots of lovely rewards for backers – ranging from a postcard to personal tours, or even get a poem from the Walrus!

Back our World Gallery appeal and become part of our story: crowdfunder.co.uk/worldgallery

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 can 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.

  • Artists impression of the World Gallery, World Gallery balcony, Planning and design by Ralph Appelbaum Associates
    World Gallery balcony, Planning and design by Ralph Appelbaum Associates

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 visitors.

Although innovative at the time of their development, research revealed the old African Worlds and Centenary Galleries were seen as having outdated content, interpretation and style of display.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 collections.

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 can use all their senses to understand the collection, whether through object handling, interactives or playful exhibits.

Create a special new gallery

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.

So, we are asking for £30,000 in donations to bring the World Gallery to the Horniman. You can back us online at crowdfunder.co.uk/worldgallery

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 help create a really special place for you, your friends, neighbours and the communities.