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Accessible and fully-supported temporary 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

Upcoming events

  • 20 January 2017, 4pm: Taxidermy - Art, Science and Bad Taste, a talk by Dr Pat Morris at Wimbledon College of Art.
  • 30 March 2017, 7:15pm: The Romanian tradition of decorating eggs, a talk by Roxana Gibescu (Curator at Galateca Gallery, Bucharest) at The View.

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 Sarah Mahood on smahood@horniman.ac.uk or call 0208 858 8232.