Europe

Europe

A unique aspect our museum collection today is that it contains substantial and important collections from western and central Europe as well as Scandinavia.

Frederick Horniman was an avid collector of European material, acquiring examples of items which were in danger of being lost as a result of industrialisation and urbanisation. From 1901 - 1947, little European material entered the Museum.

Since then, donations from England, Romania and the Balkans amongst others have greatly enhanced the collections. Notable among these collections are extensive holdings of textiles, costume, wooden utensils, paintings on glass, agricultural and domestic implements and masks from Romania, Poland, Norway and the Tyrol region.

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Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. More information on the objects listed on our website.
This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be some errors.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive.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: enquiry@horniman.ac.uk