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Happening at the Horniman: September 2018

Autumn is near, but the sun is still shining - find out what's on at the Horniman this September.

Shared World Season

On Sunday 2 September, join us as we close our Shared World Season with a party celebrating all the different Flavours of the World.


Our award-winning, new exhibition Colour: The Rainbow Revealed dazzles us with colour and looks at how colours are made and perceived.

It is the last few days to see Coral: Fabric of the Reef on display in our Natural History Gallery, which closes on 9 September. Artist Karen Dodd uses woollen fabric to draw attention to coral and coral reefs, inspired by the Horniman collections.

Still on display in our World Gallery balcony is Yamal: The Stream of Life. This beautiful display by the photographer Bryan Alexander reveals aspects of life in the Yamal region of Northwest Siberia.

From 29 September you can see EVOLUTION of The Artist and The Exhibited Works by Shauna Richardson. See the beautifully crafted, life-size crochet animal sculptures, inspired and informed by natural history.

  • Crochetdermy®-Bear-Trophy, Crochetdermy® Bear Trophy, Shauna Richardson
    Crochetdermy® Bear Trophy, Shauna Richardson

Also from 29 September, you can see a display by Joshua Sofaer, Horniman NosesAs part of an Artquest research residency, Joshua researched the Horniman’s collections as inspiration to create a series of false noses, three of which will be on display in the Natural History Gallery. 


Grab your putters and enjoy a round of crazy golf with Plonk in the Gardens - open daily until the end of September.

The Horniman Youth Panel present: The World at Your Feet on 8 September, a special event celebrating the World Gallery run by young people for young people aged 14–19 years.

Members can join an exclusive Meet the Animals session on 21 September in the Animal Walk, and will learn all about the Horniman’s much-loved animal residents, from our expert Animal Walk Keepers.


We will be part of London Open House on Saturday 22 September when you can join Sarah Pollard from architects Ralph Appelbaum Associates, who gives a unique insight into how the spirit of the original Museum building has been re-captured in the new World Gallery.

On Tuesday 25 September you can hear Taro Takeuchi at Hear it Live! for a programme that includes Elizabethan ballad tunes, Haydn’s Andante and Variations and Mrs. Jordan’s The Blue Bells of Scotland.

Regular Activities

Every Saturday pop down to the Horniman Farmer’s Market to pick up the freshest, local produce.

On Sunday 2 September our library will be open to the public to explore some of our rare books and talk to our knowledgeable librarian.

Hands on Base: Horniman Explorers will be open every Saturday until the end of September, for fun sessions that will explore a different theme every week using objects from our handling collection, as well as Open for All on select Sundays.

Our popular World of Stories will be whisking you to faraway places on select Sundays.

Artmakers is back from 15 September and then on select Saturdays in term time. Have fun with art skills and exciting techniques to create something fabulous to take home inspired by the Horniman’s collections or seasonal celebrations.

Join us for Busy Bees, our popular sessions for under 5s, on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays in term time, and Muddy Bees on 18 September.

  • A Busy Bees session in the Hands on Base, Photo by Megan Taylor
    , Photo by Megan Taylor