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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

Upcoming events

  • Being Human in a Transformational Universe. 19 October 2018 , 4pm. A free talk in the Lecture Theatre at Wimbledon College of Arts by Dr Robert Storrie, Keeper of Anthropology at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, in conversation with Mark Fairnington, Reader in Painting at UAL.

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.