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Accessible and fully-supported short term loans from the Horniman collections to other institutions

This project offers Horniman objects on short term loan to other institutions. The objects chosen for the project have either been in storage for a number of years or on display but with limited information.

We will support your organisation throughout the loan to make the process accessible, open and manageable.

We deliver the loan object along with a showcase, lighting, transport, interpretation, and the option of an expert talk or event and publicity for the loan.

All loan and associated costs are covered by Arts Council England making the project available to all.

Current and upcoming displays

  • WW1 military bugle at Hall Place and Gardens from 1 September 2018 to 18 March 2019 (as part of their Faces of the Great War exhibition)
  • Chimpanzee skeleton at Wimbledon College of Arts from 31 August to 14 December 2018
  • Ming Dynasty arrow vase at the Royal Asiatic Society from 14 September 2018 to end March 2019
  • WW1 military bugle at Eden Valley Museum from 20 March to 30 June 2019 (as part of their Armistice : Peace : Remembrance exhibition)
  • Chimpanzee skeleton at the Powell-Cotton Museum from 9 July 2019 to mid January 2020

Upcoming events

  • Coming soon...

Objects in the project


Natural History:

Musical Instruments:

Follow our progress

You can see the locations of some of our current and past Object in Focus Loans on our Loans Map.

More information

For more information on our Object in Focus project and the objects available for loan, please email the project coordinator Sarah Sinka on ssinka@horniman.ac.uk or call 0208 858 8232.