Press cutting titled: The Horniman Museum

A press cutting of an article describing the visit from the Japanese Society to The Horniman Museum. The excerpt describes how with regret, the Viscount Aoki, the Japanese Minister could not attend because of prior commitments in Berlin where he was unable to leave. The excerpt goes on to mention other notable members who did attend such as; Professor W. Anderson (chairman of council), Sir Ed. Reed (vice-president of the Society), and Mr. C. Holme (honorary secretary). The article mentions the various collections available to view on the open free, 3 days of each week with a variety of ornaments, artefacts, and specimens. The mention of 22 rooms of various sizes to hold the collection gives an idea of how large the collection is with the 42,000 visitors who came to visit the museum last year. The mention of a Japanese cloisonné enamel vase, made at Nagoya measuring 5ft high and 7ft. 6in. in circumference at its largest part, which is placed conspicuously in the reception room. The visitors were shown the collection by Mr. Horniman, and Mr. R. Quick, the Curator, after which refreshments were served at The Surrey Mount followed by a selection of vocal and instrumental music. The excerpt ends with Mr. Y. Uchida (Japanese Charge d’ Affaires), saying how thankful he is to Mr. Horniman for the ‘brilliant and instructive entertainment he has given us today’. In return Mr. Horniman responds with utter exuberance in having to receive his fellow members of the Japan Society and having the pleasure to view such ‘exquisite products of their wonderful artistic taste and skill’. He hoped that they would visit again and those who could not make it would visit the Museum when they were in the neighbourhood and with that he thanks every one of them for accepting his invitation.

Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

If you have any further information about objects in our collections or can suggest corrections to our information, please contact us: