Winning combination: Fiona Clements and the Horniman

In this series we are talking to some of the people whose incredible work helped us to win Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022. Next up is Horniman Benefactor Fiona Clements.

Horniman Benefactors support so much of what we do, and make many projects possible.

How long have you been visiting the Horniman?

About 20 years, since I moved to Bermondsey and started exploring south east London – which has got a lot easier with the Overground train service.

What does the Horniman mean to you?

It’s a place where I always learn something new, but it also has aspects that I never tire of revisiting, like the hammered dulcimer recording in the Music Gallery. Some of the events at the Horniman have been the highlights of my year, such as the Dawn Chorus Walk and the Bat Walk that I went on in 2019.

I’ve taken many friends to the Horniman over the years, and they’ve always been charmed, surprised and impressed.

What made you want to donate to the Horniman?

I’d been a Member for a few years, but early in the first lockdown I got an email explaining the ongoing costs while the Horniman was closed, including the costs of feeding the animals. It was clear that I needed to do more so I became a Benefactor, and I’ve been enjoying the greater degree of engagement with the Horniman.

Your donation contributed to our Museum of the Year win – can you tell us how that makes you feel?

I hadn’t previously thought to make a connection between the win and my donation, but I’m delighted that the exceptional work of the people at the Horniman has been recognised in this way.

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