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

This project offers museum objects on short term loan to other institutions. The objects chosen for the project have either been in storage for a number of years or on display but with limited information.

We will support your organisation throughout the loan to make the process accessible, open and manageable.

We deliver the loan object along with a showcase, lighting, transport, interpretation, and the option of an expert talk or event and publicity for the loan.

All loan and associated costs are covered by Arts Council England making the project available to all.

Current and upcoming displays

  • Romanian decorated eggs at Bruton Museum from 11 July 2017 to 23 January 2018
  • Narsīgā at the Museum of Farnham from 30 September 2017 to 20 January 2018 as part of their exhibition entitled Resonance
  • Lost sounds of rural England display at Epping Forest District Museum from 21 October 2017 to 10 March 2018 as part of their exhibition entitled A Sense of Rural Life
  • Romanian decorated eggs at Brent Museum and Archives from 5 February to 3 June 2018
  • Romanian decorated eggs at East Grinstead Museum from 2 February to 30 May 2018

Upcoming events

'Extraordinary Eggs' evening talk at East Grinstead Museum

6.30pm on Thursday 8 March 2018

Discover more about Romania's beautiful and vibrant decorated egg tradition with Roxana Gibescu, Curator and PhD researcher. 

Free, but booking essential: info@eastgrinsteadmuseum.org.uk

Objects in the project


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 Andrew Herdon on aherdon@horniman.ac.uk or call 0208 858 8232.