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Lydia's favourite gallery

We asked Lydia, who works in our central office what her favourite Horniman object was - she chose the whole Centenary Gallery.

 

  • Centenary Gallery, The Centenary Gallery houses more than 1,000 artefacts from cultures and civilisations across the world.
    The Centenary Gallery houses more than 1,000 artefacts from cultures and civilisations across the world.

'What is your favourite object?'

I think I have a favourite gallery, rather than a favourite object. The Centenary Gallery is my favourite.

'Why is it your favourite gallery?'

It’s just the whole atmosphere in here that I like. It feels very different to all the other galleries in the museum. It feels peaceful and calm in here. The lighting makes a big difference to the whole atmosphere.

'What are the objects are you most drawn to?'

I like the ‘Reliefs in Alhambra style’ as they remind me of the architecture in Beijing because of the tiles and patterns.  I went to Beijing recently and I really liked the amazing buildings which were so old but very well preserved.  I was amazed by the details and their sheer beauty. I found the reds, golds and greens very beautiful.  I also like the objects in the Tibetan shrine in this gallery.

 'Is there anything you would like to have in your home?

If I had something it would probably be a statue or a mask. Although, I do like the Gope Boards from Papua New Guinea. They are painted wooden ritual objects. I really like the colours which would fit perfectly in my home! I’d probably just have a couple; I wouldn’t want all of them that would be too much.