You may remember that, last year, we had some wonderful, colourful
Easter Eggs from Romania on display in the museum.
The eggs - which are currently on display at
Valance House Museum in Dagenham and Vestry House Museum in Walthamstow - were decorated with many colours and patterns. This year, in the run up to our Easter Fair, we're wondering about your traditions of Easter Egg painting - how do you decorate yours? Go to Flickr and leave a comment, tweet us or leave a comment on facebook and tell us how you decorate your eggs.
Enjoy Easter at the Horniman with an Easter Egg Hunt, children's activities, art and craft stalls and a Bandstand Bunny Hop.
Horniman Easter Fair
A few weeks ago we shared our new Tumblr blog, Museumpics: we've loved seeing Instagrammed shots from museums all over the world, so we've started an Instagram account of our own!
Our account is used by staff from across the museum and gardens, so it'll give you a peek into what goes on behind-the-scenes all over the Horniman.
Lately, we've had plenty of shots from our
Entomology Bioblitz, some interesting Conservation projects, and a bit of Pangolin fever!
As usual, we'd love you to share your photos from the Horniman with us. You're free to take photographs (without a flash) throughout the galleries and gardens. Remember to tag your shots with
#horniman or #hornimanmuseum so we can spot them, and our favourites might even end up on our Pinterest board.
We've been using Tumblr to collect photographs from museums around the world.
After having so much fun using
Tumblr for our Collections Review blog, we decided we wanted to try something new. Using the automated social media service IFTTT, we programmed a recipe to post Instagram photos tagged #museum to post to our new Tumblr blog, Museumpics.
We've also been topping up the Instagram shots with a few reblogs from Tumblr.
There have been some fantastic results! We've loved scrolling through and seeing the huge variety of museums, collections, and what people get up to in them.
You can click on any of the images to see links to the people who originally posted them.
Visit the blog to see the latest batch.
[<a href="//storify.com/HornimanMuseum/horniman-christmas-fayre-2012" target="_blank">View the story "Horniman Christmas Fayre 2012" on Storify</a>]<h1>Horniman Christmas Fayre 2012</h1><h2></h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/HornimanMuseum">Horniman Museum</a>· Wed, Dec 12 2012 07:30:43</p><div>At the wonderful Horniman museum today for the Fair Christmas Fayre. Beautiful venue. Just setting up... http://pic.twitter.com/ZlvsKQYSArthur and Henry</div><div>SLP are on home turf today at #Horniman xmas fayre #foresthill #se23 ..pop down and get some xmas spirit in yourselves! http://pic.twitter.com/N7E0UQVwSouth London Prints</div><div>Free @Lairdandlass #cakebite today at @Fairchristmas @Hornimanmuseum Retweet and show to claim! http://pic.twitter.com/iipJgPGSLaird & Lass</div><div>@Lairdandlass yum just had my free #cakebite at @fairchristmas and a few more...Lynsey Abernethy</div><div>Santa's Grotto! The big man himself out of shot wrapping gifts! http://pic.twitter.com/mxAnafuzHorniman Museum</div><div>Xmas markets are seriously bustling here @HornimanMuseum so many gorgeous luxury and affordable gifts to chose from! Trading until 5:30Fair Christmas Fayre</div><div>Amazing walrus sculpture from @BumbleAndEarwig at our Christmas Fair! http://pic.twitter.com/I30kGaXhHorniman Museum</div><div>Morning all! It’s a beautiful crisp sunny day @HornimanMuseum. Come along to @Fairchristmas Fayre open now until 5.30pm http://pic.twitter.com/M6uJh2e3Angela Tobin</div><div>Oddest Santa list request in the Grotto: tomato ketchup!Horniman Museum</div><div>So many fab gifts in our fair, too many to tweet about! Any special requests? http://pic.twitter.com/7ECW6af2Horniman Museum</div><div>Loving the @HornimanMuseum Christmas Fair today. I'll be back later for mulled wine!Bev Knox</div><div>Heard someone exclaim to someone else on their way in "Seriously, there is some BRILLIANT stuff in there" - don't miss out! @HornimanMuseumFair Christmas Fayre</div><div>The @imanmade Butter & Balm boxes have sold like hot cakes at the @HornimanMuseum @Fairchristmas Fayre! #naturalbeauty http://pic.twitter.com/CcqQ7bQMImanmade</div><div>Just bought some awesome festive #cakebites from @Lairdandlass at the Horniman gardens Xmas fair. Gone in 2 minutes. http://pic.twitter.com/57Sic77Zpaulguerrieria</div><div>Looking forward to @Fairchristmas fayre @Horniman museum tomorrow with @sian_wolchy. Selling our upcycled vintage wares. Excited!Caroline</div><div>Had awesome day @Fairchristmas @HornimanMuseum. Sold out! But Back tomorrow with more goodies. And carol concert at 5pm. Ooh, Chrismassy!Laird & Lass</div><div>@poplamp2 :) You are up at the pavilion which was super busy today, 1000 shoppers, even more expected tomorrow wooo!Fair Christmas Fayre</div><div>Horniman Museum Conservatory,gorgeous venue http://instagr.am/p/TAxaKpCcO0/Sian Eva Wolchover</div><div>@BJX_W @HornimanMuseum All the stalls will be open until 5.30pm today - plenty of time to get your hands on some winter warmers.Horniman Museum</div><div>Cheery with Xmas spirit! Come down to the Horniman! http://instagr.am/p/TAy2CtzOMQ/Kim Smith</div><div>Xmas special! 20% off framed swatches! We are in the conservatory at the Horniman today. http://instagr.am/p/TAzEM2TOMU/Kim Smith</div><div>"A thing of beauty is a joy forever " by @retropoodle available @fairchristmas Fayre @hornimanmuseum today! http://instagr.am/p/TA3fHbruEH/Lulastic</div><div>It's a shame Santa can't fit everyone in his grotto, but don't forget you can still pop up to the Dutch Barn and write him a letter!Horniman Museum</div><div>Stunning stall @kimsmithhappy - handspun, hand dyed wool *dreamy sigh* @Fairchristmas only @HornimanMuseum this wknd! http://pic.twitter.com/exT1sKRRFair Christmas Fayre</div><div>@Horniman museum right now it's super busy for @Fairchristmas fayre. On until 5.30pm http://pic.twitter.com/qfQwgzDFCaroline</div><div>Don't't miss out! Rt @Fairchristmas: Did you see the amazing things you can buy at the @hornimanmuseum Fayre today? http://bit.ly/SOmC3SLulastic</div><div>Excellent bandstand @ Horniman Museum and Gardens http://instagr.am/p/TBAFG2wMf9/Joseph Smith Design</div><div>Just posted a photo @ Horniman Museum and Gardens http://instagr.am/p/TBBf63QMQt/Joseph Smith Design</div><div>Have you booked ticket for Santa this afternoon? He'll be waiting to see you in his lovely cosy grotto! http://pic.twitter.com/uoQEmcW2Horniman Museum</div><div>Santa's Grotto. @ Horniman Museum and Gardens http://instagr.am/p/TBPf6VshUw/Jeff Van Campen</div><div>Snug & warm in my new bootie slippers bought at the Horniman Xmas fair today (in the conservatory) http://instagr.am/p/TBSPWkRl44/Zehra Cranmer</div><div>Another TBC & @mummyrunning collaboration at the Horniman Xmas fair http://instagr.am/p/TBTYiCjN-y/The Bright Company</div><div>...and that was my awesome day at the awesome Horniman Museum.MINCE PIES</div><div>Bustling Christmas Fair in the Conservatory at the Horniman Museum, Forest Hill, London. http://pic.twitter.com/SQc9Pg5KSue Badman</div><div>Sun setting as we huddle around the old bandstand at the Horniman Museum for Christmas carols. #fb http://instagr.am/p/TBdWvZyQXt/ Desigan Chinniah </div><div>Horniman Christmas Carols! http://pic.twitter.com/UHdgSNbFBeulah Garner</div><div>*satisfied smile* RYAN @DanielNothing: @Fairchristmas @HornimanMuseum It was ace, thank you :-)Fair Christmas Fayre</div><div>@alexfeakes @FHSoc @HornimanMuseum I need to get down there!Henna </div><div>Really quite a big crowd @HornimanMuseum carol concert - lots of fun for families, good singing and great views! http://pic.twitter.com/oSwXv87UAlex Feakes</div><div>Christmas is finished for the weekend here @hornimanmuseum - what a fabulous fayre. Thanks all!Fair Christmas Fayre</div><div>Horniman Museum looking lovely for carols and craft http://pic.twitter.com/nAIJIp1HScott Keir</div><div>#Carols @Hornimanmuseum park http://instagr.am/p/TBk90wmiaP/Fleur Maslin</div><div>Could have spent so much money at the @HornimanMuseum xmas fayre today. I felt I was very restrained!Meandering Mother</div><div>RT @thiswordistaken: Horniman Christmas Carols! http://pic.twitter.com/UHdgSNbFSue McGhie</div><div>At the Horniman listening to Christmas carols this evening http://pic.twitter.com/koHNLfcnJason Shelley</div><div>MT @alexfeakes @HornimanMuseum carol concert - good singing and great views! http://pic.twitter.com/Tl7tV25X” >one of few things I miss abt London!lizabeth hannaford</div><div>Feeling all festive after awesome mulled wine from @fleischmob at the Horniman Christmas Fair. Where's the port? #xmasRamshackle Crow</div><div>@Fairchristmas Thank you so much. I really enjoyed it. I left with my feedback form. sorry. count me in if you do it again.Kerry Andrews</div><div>Lovely day @HornimanMuseum - stalls, singing and er, sheep! As in observing them! #OxfordDownElizabeth Scott</div><div>Had a lovely time at @HornimanMuseum today! Fab people and great atmosphere, thanks to @Fairchristmas for organising the event.Knitwear Designer</div><div>@goldenblades91 Oh how disheartening! I’m sorry you had a bad day. You prob don’t want to hear that the Horniman was really good. Sorry!Angela Tobin</div><div>Thanks to all who came and ate and organised @HornimanMuseum @FHorniman Had a fantastic weekend! Feel all Christmassy now after those carolsVan Dough</div><div>@emmapearsmusic @lulasticblog @HornimanMuseum Brilliant Job Lucy!!! Well Done...such a lovely vibe!Emma Pears</div><div>Lovely day at the Horniman with @retropoodle @sian_wolchy too cold for carol singing but managed to last until God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemanthelastenglishrose</div><div>Over 5000 people enjoyed our ethical Xmas stalls @HornimanMuseum this weekend!Fair Christmas Fayre</div><div>Enjoying new fave tipple - brandy hot choc - after making it thru freezing carol concert at #Horniman. Giving mulled wine run for moneyPauline Hughes</div><div>Lovely to see the amazingly talented @TheBrightComp & @mummyrunning at the Horniman Fair. Can we wait til Christmas to use their clothes?Claire Mitchell</div><div>Part of the awesome view from the @HornimanMuseum by night http://www.flickr.com/photos/uncoolbob/8257852661/lightbox/ after the carol singalong.Bob MacCallum</div><div>@HornimanMuseum We absolutely loved it today. So much fun. Can we come again please ?Mark Edwards</div><div>Fantastic day @hornimanmuseum yesterday (my other favourite museum). Obligatory pic of the walrus... http://twitpic.com/bkpp7eJessie Hunt</div><div>@HornimanMuseum it was wonderful yesterday evening. Such a nice vibeMark Edwards</div><div>@HornimanMuseum I did, it was wonderful. Thank you for putting on such a lovely day :)Jessie Hunt</div><div>@fleischmob @HornimanMuseum It was! And a cheeky cheese-sealed sausage didn't do any harm either ;)Lucie Means Business</div><div>Such a pleasure to have u along! RT @CraftyGuild Thank u to everyone who came&supported us at Horniman!@fairchristmas thanks for organising!Fair Christmas Fayre</div><div>I had the most fantastic weekend of trading at @Fairchristmas Fayre at the @HornimanMuseum. Can't wait for next years event :-)Imanmade</div><div>Had a busy day yesterday @Fairchristmas fayre @HornimanMuseum Great to see @TheLastRose_UK & team up with @sian_wolchy again!Caroline</div><div>@frenchandgrace nice to see you last night @HornimanMuseum did you stay for the carols ? It's such a lovely event isn't it ?Mark Edwards</div><div>Thanks to all the lovely traders who came to our Christmas Fayre - we definitely had fun and we hope you all did too! @FairchristmasHorniman Museum</div><div>Doing all the post-market stuff, like scheduling custom orders and accounts... @Fairchristmas was the most successful Xmas fair for me!Kim Smith</div><div>The roof in the @hornimanmuseum conservatory was so beautiful. & perfect backdrop for a craft market. http://instagr.am/p/TD-fv9zOO5/Kim Smith</div><div>Tired tantrum meant we missed the carols sadly, @fleischmob. Lovely event @HornimanMuseum!French and Grace</div><div>I'm get that I'm middle class, but at the Horniman Museum carol concert I started to see why some people hate the middle classes.John Winters</div>
Tomorrow, 4 December, in our
Music Gallery, we will be hosting a pop-up experience where our visitors remix the sounds of our musical instruments using an iPad app called Feed. On Tuesday, a number of our visiting school groups will compose and remix their own music using instruments from the Music Gallery Hands On Space and the Handling Collection. And later in the day, visitors in our Music Gallery will have a chance to become remixers.
We will be working with a creative organisation called
Incidental which delivers a range of participation, sound and new media projects.
If you're passing through Gallery Square in the next few days, you'll have a chance to test an ipad app called WeCurate, which asks people to work together to select a shared collection of postcard images.
A small team of researchers from Goldsmiths University will be there to test the app. The research hopes to understand how doing digital activities together can lead to people being more actively engaged with cultural content. Their project involves researchers from Goldsmiths University and Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, IIIA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain and Institute of Research and Information, IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse, France, and is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The dates that WeCurate will be in Gallery Square are: 26, 27, 28 November, 1 December (until 1pm), 2, 6 and 7 December. Let us know on twitter or facebook if you had a go, and what you thought.
Last year, on our
twitter account, we asked our followers to suggest scary things from our collection. Here are their spooky suggestions: Merman
Certainly a strange looking creature, with what looks like the head of a monkey and tail of a fish, our merman is one of our scariest - although it's actually
not as scary as it looks
Maybe they were once someone's much loved pets, but now these dogs' heads are stuffed and perched on a wall. Best not to think about how they got there...
This musical instrument makes a very spooky sound, a kind of eerie wailing.
Some followers said they found our wonderful walrus scary. We disagree - our walrus isn't spooky in the least!
Try though he might...!
In the Horniman tumblr
For much more Halloween themed suggestions, take a look at our tumblr where our collections staff show objects they're finding as they work with our collections.
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We created a Storify story of people's pictures from sledging and enjoying the snow yesterday.
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HYPed - our great music after-hours event designed and run by the Horniman Youth Panel - happened last Saturday.
Some videos of the performances have made it to youtube - take a look at these performances by Kindred and Strings: