Home Education Workshops

Join us for exciting, interactive object handling workshops for home educated children this spring.

Upcoming workshops

Friday 24 May – African Kingdoms

1.45pm–3.15pm | home educated children aged 11–16 years

Learn about the history and culture of the African Kingdom of Benin. You will have the opportunity to handle objects including artworks made by brass casters in modern day Benin City as well as exploring the historic objects on display in the Museum.

You will learn about origins of the Benin Kingdom, and the development of its political structure centred around a powerful monarch known as the Oba. Through hand-on activities, you will explore the importance of trade and artworks made by guilds of skilled craftsmen.

You will embark on an activity in our World and Music galleries where you will locate artefacts from the Benin Kingdom, interpret their symbolic meaning and draw comparisons with objects on display from other cultures.

Lastly, you will explore the modern history of the artefacts displayed in the Museum and contemporary Edo culture, discovering how traditions from the Benin Kingdom live on today.

Monday 17 June – Pond dipping and outdoor habitats

10.30am–12pm | home educated children aged 8–13 years

Step onto London’s oldest Nature Trail, explore the wild side of the Horniman Gardens and the animals that live there.

Dip nets in the Horniman’s pond and explore outdoor habitats on our wild Nature Trail. Use scientific equipment to collect animals and first-hand observation to learn more about them. Reconnect with nature and enhance Science curriculum learning.

  • This session will run outdoors on the Horniman’s Nature trail and will go ahead unless in the event of extreme weather.
  • Please ensure you are dressed appropriately for the weather.
  • In the event of extreme weather, the session will be replaced with our 1 hour, indoor taxidermy-based session: Animal Classification.
  • The Nature Trail and pond are about a 10-15 minute walk from our Museum building, along an unpaved path.
  • Please let us know when booking if you have physical access needs, so we can make arrangements for step-free access to the trail.

Ticket information

  • Ticket price includes one child with one accompanying adult
  • Tickets are non-refundable
  • Please arrive 10 min before the start of the workshop, latecomers cannot be admitted
  • Only children booked onto the workshop may attend with their accompanying adult. Younger siblings cannot attend as spaces are limited
  • Please ensure you book your child onto the age appropriate workshop to ensure learners get the most out of the session
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