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Horniman awarded £70,000 for Natural History upgrade

The Horniman is set to revamp part of the Natural History Gallery, thanks to funding from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund, announced today by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey.

  • Natural History Gallery 1, Photo by Joel Knight
    , Photo by Joel Knight

The Horniman is among 40 museums across England to benefit from over £4.6 million of grants. We will use our share to create a new display area at the entrance to the historic Natural History Gallery, highlighting star specimens from the collection unearthed by our recent Bioblitz review, as well as improving physical access to the original 1901 gallery.

The display will have a ‘Nature in Fashion’ theme and include space for temporary exhibits exploring topics such as the natural world’s influence on design and decor, artistic responses to nature, and the history of natural science collecting and of the Horniman itself.   

'This is a wonderful opportunity for us to put more of our stored collection onto public display and to share our finest natural history “treasures” with our visitors. The new display will include spectacular taxidermy specimens, Horniman butterflies and beetles – named for our founder Frederick Horniman – and fabulous fossils.’ - Jo Hatton, keeper of Natural History

The grants are jointly funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Wolfson Foundation, and designed to fund renovation and improvement projects in museums and galleries, to increase access and enhance the display of exhibits. Some of the other projects receiving funding include: