The Anthropology archive includes the Beryl de Zoete collection and fieldwork documentation.
The Musical Instruments archive includes the Adam Carse collection, the Boosey & Hawkes archive, the Dolmetsch collection, the Neil Wayne concertina collection and the Eric McGavin collection.
The Natural History collection includes material from Walter. H. Bennett (Palaeontology), the Edward Hart papers (Taxidermy) and Arthur Wyatt (Geology) material.
The Horniman records contain material relating to the organisation’s history, development and activities since its foundation in 1898, including:
- the founding of the Horniman;
- the history and provenance of its object collections.
In 1901, the Horniman was passed to the London County Council. Consequently, many of the organisation’s administrative records from 1901 to 1990 are available for research at the London Metropolitan Archives via their online catalogue.
The Horniman is not a repository for the personal papers of the Horniman family. Sadly, very little information relating to these individuals appears to have survived. Biographies and further sources of information about family members will be added to our online collections as they are researched.
Access to the collections
The Archives collection is currently available by prior appointment. Please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org