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Four young adults sit at a table, three men and a woman. They are drawing on paper with pens and pencils, the woman is smiling and gesturing with her hand open.

Young people at the Horniman

Horniman Youth Panel: we want young people’s voices to be heard and make a real difference to what goes on at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.

The Horniman Youth Panel has become an important part of the Horniman since it launched in 2010

Young people between the ages of 14 and 19 from all over London meet up regularly on Thursdays to shape what is happening at the Museum. We want young people’s voices to be heard and make a real difference to what goes on in the Horniman.

How to get involved

If you’re aged 14 to 19, want to get your voice heard in the Horniman, or gain experience in producing and marketing youth events, then join us at our next meeting to see how you can shake things up.

Get in touch with youth@horniman.ac.uk, call 020 8699 1872 (ext 160) or text 07730 754 102.

Past events and projects

Here are some examples of what the Horniman Youth Panel has been getting up to:

  • Atmosphere 2020 – The Youth Panel partnered with Spiral and PAN Intercultural Arts for a Late event featuring fashion workshop, multimedia performance, music and more. Nov 2019
  • My Model City – working with Peckham Platform’s Youth Platform and Muf Architects the youth panel co-produced an exhibition on urban change and young people’s experience. July – August 2019
  • Dystopian Paradisethe Youth Panel took over the Horniman for a Late event featuring music and performance. Nov 2018
  • The Youth Panel worked on the video ‘Wall of Voices’ which you see when you enter the World Gallery. 2017-18
  • Night of Lightthe Youth Panel returned to take over the museum for the fifth year running. 22 November 2014 
  • Creating sound maps and spectograms in the Horniman Gardens – read about it and hear recordings.

Watch some of the Youth Panels films.

It was a real privilege to be involved with the Horniman Museum Youth Panel, not only because the museum is a very much loved and highly regarded establishment, but the fact that I was working with such a great group of young people. I found the panel very responsive to my work and encouraged by their enthusiasm with the branding project.

I was bowled over with certain members’ commitment to the project and how passionate they were about the panel’s objectives and branding. It has really encouraged me to try and find similar work, as I found the experience so rewarding.
Sarah, Graphic Designer

Our Youth Pledge

The Horniman Museum recognises the valuable contribution that young people make to the Museum and Gardens. It is committed to creating relevant and meaningful opportunities for young people, enabling them to take an active role in shaping what happens at the Museum.  

The Horniman will treat young people with respect, listen to their opinions and be open to new ideas. The Horniman is keen to support youth talent through providing events that raise the profile of local young people.