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.

696 Promoters

Who are the 696 Promoters?

The 696 Promoters are a group of young people aged 16 – 25 who are passionate about producing live music events. For 10 weeks participants will work with music industry experts to produce a high quality event and put their stamp on the exciting 696 Festival.

The 696 Festival will celebrate music genres at the cutting edge of south London’s music scene: the best new Afrobeat, Grime, Rap, Jazz, R&B, Reggae and Soul music.

During the programme you will:

  • Plan and deliver an exciting music event
  • Work with music industry experts
  • Develop key professional skills
  • Receive 1:1 mentoring
  • Make friends and build networks
  • Have fun and gain confidence

Find out more and how to apply

The Horniman Youth Panel

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, 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.
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.