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Please note online ticket purchases will be unavailable from midnight on 26 February 2014. A limited number of tickets will be available on the door.

Tickets: £5.
Please note this event is suitable for over-18s only.

About this event

Visit the Horniman after hours and enjoy a night of art, science, film, music and quirky performances inspired by the fascinating world of taxidermy.

Concert - Gabby Young and Other Animals
6.45-7.30 & 8-8.45pm - Gallery Square
Also known as the 'World’s Finest Purveyors of Circus Swing', Gabby Young and Other Animals bring their unmissable musical extravaganza to Gallery Square. Flamboyant and stylish, the band combines sensational vocals with jazz, swing and gypsy folk elements.

Live taxidermy - Jazmine Miles-Long
6.30-9.15pm - Education Centre
Meet Jazmine Miles-Long, an 'ethical taxidermist' and artist who only works with birds and other animals that have died from natural causes. You can watch her creating a new piece of taxidermy, discover some of her captivating creations and ask all you ever wanted to know about this strange and fascinating subject.

Film screenings - MASH Cinema & Electric Pedals
7-7.55 & 8-8.55pm - Conservatory
Electric Pedals and MASH Cinema come together to bring you a cycle powered cinema exploring taxidermy through science, humour and drama.
The Taxidermist (short film, UK, 2009, 20 mins) 
Anthropomorphic Taxidermy (documentary, UK, 5 mins)
Le Taxidermiste (animation, France, 2013, 7 mins) 
Taxidermists (documentary, US, 2013, 20 mins) 
Modern Taxidermy: Mounting the Indian Elephant (archive piece, US, 1927, 5 mins) 

Talks - Pat Morris, Errol Fuller and Polly Morgan
6.45-9.15pm - Music Gallery Performance Space
How did taxidermy start? Which role did it play in the development of modern science? Should taxidermy be viewed as art, science, or simply bad taste? A panel of artists, writers and speakers will explore the many diverse uses of taxidermy and the taxidermist’s products ranging from major museum exhibits to stuffed pets, hunting trophies, contemporary art, animal furniture and kitten weddings.

Tours of the Natural History collections 
7-7.20, 7.45-8.05 & 8.30-8.55pm - Natural History Gallery
Discover fascinating facts about taxidermy while Jo Hatton, Keeper of Natural History at the Horniman, shows you around the museum collections.

Shadow theatre – The Great Puppet Horn
6.45-7, 7.30-7.45, 8.15-8.30 & 9-9.15pm - Natural History Balcony
These award-winning puppeteers present a collection of bizarre and comic tales inspired by the animal world. Full of irreverent humour, political machinations and dangerous ducks, the Great Puppet Horn provides cultural critique as only bits of cardboard stuck to a stick can.

Exhibition tours – After Life
8.15-8.35 & 9-9.20pm - Balcony Gallery
Meet artist Sean Dooley and discover his series of poignant photographic portraits of extinct and endangered animals preserved in museums.

Taxidermy photo booth - Phox
6.30-9.15pm - Gallery Square
Have your portrait taken with objects from the museum taxidermy collections and receive an instant print to remember your experience at the Horniman.

Exhibition - Extremes
6.30-9.15pm - Temporary Exhibition Space
Feel the air-conditioning inside the ostrich's beak, try to keep up with the drinking speed of a camel or see how much fat you have compared with a seal. This new family exhibition features some of the animals that live in extreme environments and mixes games, experiments, films and taxidermy animal specimens.

Food & drink
Try the Taxidermy-themed menu in the Horniman Café or sample some street food next to the Conservatory.

Discover taxidermy books and animal inspired objects in the museum shop. Late ticket holders will get a 10% discount in the shop on the night.

This event is suitable for over-18s only.