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What's important to you?

Our World Gallery has been asking the questions, "What do you hold dear?" and "What objects are important to you?" so we've pulled together some of the responses in the feedback area of the gallery.

My camera

  • My camera, My Camera is important to me because it was my sisters and she's not here anymore. I miss her x
    My Camera is important to me because it was my sisters and she's not here anymore. I miss her x

Munchy Mike

  • Munchy Mike, Munchy Mike
    Munchy Mike

Silver hand of Fatima

  • Silver hand of Fatima, A solid silver hand of Fatima that my grandpa passed down to me when he died. We don't know where exactly it is from but he got it whilst travelling South America I think. It is my most important possession and means everything to me.
    A solid silver hand of Fatima that my grandpa passed down to me when he died. We don't know where exactly it is from but he got it whilst travelling South America I think. It is my most important possession and means everything to me.

Yellow Submarine album

  • Yellow Submarine album, My Yellow Submarine album - The Beatles
    My Yellow Submarine album - The Beatles

Grandmother's ring

  • Grandmothers ring, My late grandmother's ring as it makes me feel she is still with me
    My late grandmother's ring as it makes me feel she is still with me

Ear plugs

  • Ear plugs, Ear plugs
    Ear plugs

Family

  • family, Family is important to me
    Family is important to me

Ice cream

  • Ice cream, Ice cream
    Ice cream

Gin

  • Gin, Gin
    Gin

The Museum of Your Life part 2

Our World Gallery asked the questions, "What objects do you hold dear?" and "What is a life well lived?" 

We've been asking you to tell us about the objects that mean something to you, and we've had some fantastic responses.

Designer Wayne Hemingway tell us about how an early Buzzcocks EP helped spark a life of creativity.

CBeeBies presenter and self-proclaimed 'nature nut' Ferne Corrigan tells us about her salad servers from Malawi.

Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie tells us about her waterphone, which not only sounds but looks beautiful.

Sculptor David Mach RA tells us what his daughters hand written note on a napkin means to him.

 Actress Kellie Shirley talks about her piece of theare history and what it reminds her of.

What do you hold dear? Tell us online and visit the World Gallery to hear more stories.

The Museum of Your Life

Our collections are made up of important objects, whether they are a rare example or a part of everyday life. With our World Gallery opening, we’ve been asking you to share your important objects with us.

What would go into the museum of your life?

What hold special memories that you couldn’t imagine parting with?

Here are some of your objects and stories.

This beautiful vase belonged to my grandmother and it was given to me after she passed away a few years ago. We had a shared love of the colour green...

She had 3 of these in the windowsill of her drawing room - purple, red and green. The sun would shine through each one reflecting the beautiful colours around the room. 

She knew the green was my favourite. This was one of her treasured objects and now it is mine. It reminds me of her every day.

A few days before my daughter was born, with my wife absolutely bossing early labour contractions, we ordered a Chinese takeaway thinking it may be the last we have as a family of two. This fortune was in my cookie.

I was scared and nervous for what was about to happen and this fortune felt comforting. I know they’re a bit naff but it felt like a sign. I keep it in my wallet to remind me of those days just before my life changed forever and I became a Dad.

They really calm me down. I think it’s their bird sound. It’s like a beat that you can do and they copy. It’s basically like I’m talking to them.

I remember hearing wood pigeons in school in Lower Sydenham Woods on a trip looking for other birds. My second favourite bird is a Peregrine Falcon – powerful and colourful, fast and smart.

I wear the bracelet every day, as it reminds me of my family and makes me feel connected to them. Last year me, my mum and my sister went on holiday together and we bought fabric bracelets to remind us of the trip – the fabric bracelets didn’t last long, so for Christmas my sister bought us all matching metal bracelets that we could all wear, and that would last.

My family live in the south west, and I don’t see them very often so the bracelet allows me to feel close to them. It holds happy memories of fun times together with my family!

Find out more about objects that are special to others in our World Gallery.

What do you own that means the most to you?

We need your help

The Horniman is looking for stories about the objects that mean the most to you.

It could be a photograph, a gift you’ve been given, a family heirloom or something that always makes you smile. Whatever you choose, tell us the story of how you came to own it, why it is important to you and what you think when you see it.

Our World Gallery will be full of objects that mean a great deal to different people, whether they are vital tools, clothes, decorations or toys.

We want your help in creating an online museum of objects to complement the World Gallery, so that we can see the objects that are most important to you, our audience and visitors.

So, how do you send your entry?

Send us a picture of your object and the story behind it, or record your own video like the ones above, to web@horniman.ac.uk. Alternatively, you can message us on Facebook or Twitter.

We will be selecting some of your stories and pictures to go into the World Gallery and will include others on our website, as part of this virtual museum.

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