Identity: World Cultures and Art

What makes you, you? Clothes? Hair? Beliefs? Make-up?

What makes up our identity? How do people express their identity? Does this vary across different cultures?

In this session, students will consider the many facets of human identity such as style, opinions and traditions. We’ll look at how these can be communicated through choice of clothing, hairstyles, as well as different rituals and performances. Students will have the opportunity  to explore a range of objects made, used and worn by peoples across the world, including a Lakota headdress and Zulu love token. They will be encouraged to ask questions about how these objects express identity across different cultures.

Students will use fact files to learn contextual information about the different objects, consider how they would display objects for an exhibition and apply enquiry skills to learn more about the Tuareg.

The Horniman’s fantastic World Gallery is the perfect place to explore your topic further; there are a range of objects linking to identity made by people from across the world. You can use our Art Learning Resource to guide your group.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will think about different types and expressions of identity.
  • Students will explore some of the ways in which people express their identity through objects.
  • Students will consider the significance and importance of identity for people across the world.


Workshop information

How to book

Booking a taught session includes a welcome briefing on arrival, timed access to a lunch space, cloakroom facilities and access to toilets for the exclusive use of school groups.

Contact us to make a booking:
020 8291 8686

When you contact us please have ready:

– the name of the taught session you would like to book or topic you are studying,

– 1st/2nd/3rd choice of date and preferred session time,

– the number of pupils and adults attending.


Entrance to the Horniman Museum and Gardens is free of charge. Taught sessions and access to some exhibitions are charged for. We invoice after your visit.

The following charges apply:

Mainstream State schools: £90 including VAT, £75 excluding VAT

Private/independent schools: £129.60 including VAT, £108 excluding VAT

SEND schools and groups: £45 including VAT, £37.25 excluding VAT

We offer a bursary scheme for schools that meet a set criteria.

Planning your visit

See the School Trips page for other essential information including our risk assessment.

We are open from 10am-5.30pm, 7 days a week. Entrance to the Museum and Gardens is free of charge but must be booked in advance by emailing

We offer reduced educational rates for our Aquarium, Butterfly House, and Temporary exhibition. See the School Trips page for further information.

Charges apply to all children aged 3 years and over, and all accompanying teachers and adults, unless they are specific 1:1 carers.