Press Cutting: Mr Horniman's Museum - Pleasing Ceremony at Forest Hill Yesterday

The article is a first-hand account of the opening ceremony from the MP and journalist Mr T.P. O’ Connor which is also included in ARC/HMG/PR/004/001/093. The article begins by noting that Sir Somers Vine opened the museum. Mr O’Connor then goes on to give his own personal and complimentary account of his experience as a visitor. He calls his visit “one of the pleasantest hours of my life” and discusses the updated features of the museum in great detail. He also mentions his strong love of Japanese art, “I have one weakness, and that is for Japanese art”, as well as the fact that there are up to three rooms of the museum which are dedicated to Japanese art. Mr O’Connor’s review also notes that there are aspects of the museum which will cater to different visitors’ interests, “perhaps you are more interested in our brethren among the lower animals”. He concludes his review by praising “the generosity of Mr Horniman” in opening the museum to provide Forest Hill with cultural diversity from around the world.

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