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In late 2011, the Horniman helped year 11 students from Abbey Manor College, Lewisham, to develop their responses to the Museum's collections into an art exhibition.

For this project the students from Lewisham's pupil referral unit worked with the Horniman's Learning and Exhibitions departments. The students were encouraged to think deeply about the collections and to explore themes of the 'new' and 'unfamiliar'. They expressed their ideas as colourful and dynamic artworks, which were displayed in the Horniman's Education Centre until February 2012.

The students chose the name 'New Unfamiliar Rhythms' for the exhibition, which included audio and visual interpretations.

This project offered the students an opportunity to work constructively outside a college environment and to see their ideas and creative efforts rightly valued. It also enabled the Horniman to engage with the local community and to see its collections enjoyed by the widest audience.

Some of the students' works can be seen below: