January @ Horniman Museum

December 23, 2011toJanuary 31, 2012
LISTINGS RELEASE
January 2012
Horniman Museum Telephone:
100 London Road 020 8699 1872
Forest Hill Website:
London SE23 3PQ www.horniman.ac.uk
Welcome to the award-winning Horniman
Founded by Victorian tea trader Frederick Horniman in 1901, the Horniman is where you can discover the natural and cultural world:
Horniman Aquarium; get up close to life underwater
Music Gallery; sound out instruments from every continent
African Worlds; celebrate Africa’s history and diversity
Centenary Gallery; encounter world cultures
Natural History Gallery; step back in time
Hands on Base; touch and explore real objects
Gardens; enjoy 16 acres of beautiful green space
Nature Base; explore the natural world with our fun interactive displays
Please note that some parts of the Gardens will be closed until Spring 2012 due to redevelopment work.
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Aquarium
Take a magical journey through rivers, seas and oceans in the Horniman’s highly acclaimed Aquarium. Find out what’s lurking in British ponds, get up close to exotic sea horses and jellyfish, be dazzled by a Pacific coral reef and explore an Amazonian rainforest.
Admission Charges     Annual          Pass Standard                Day Admission
Adults £6 £2
Children 3 – 16 yrs         (under 3 free) N/A £1
Families
(4 people, up to 2 adults) £15 £5
Please see www.horniman.ac.uk/aquarium for up-to-date pricing information.
Free entry on the first Tuesday of every month from 4–5.30pm
Exhibitions
Last Chance: Bali – Dancing for the Gods
Closes Sun 8 Jan 2012
This major exhibition exploring Balinese culture and the central role of dance in Balinese society is a visual feast. Beautifully gilded costumes, lavishly decorated artefacts such as a full Gamelan orchestra, a spectacular life-size funeral bull, a lion barong, masks, puppets, sculptures and textiles are featured alongside unique film and photography from the 1930s. Family trail available.
Temporary Exhibition Gallery
Admission: £5 adults; £3 concs; free for Under-16s.
Special Offer: Free entry to Bali – Dancing for the Gods with every Aquarium ticket purchased.
Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids – A Journey Through the English Ritual Year
Until 9 Sep 2012
This exhibition brings together 50 photographs of regional rituals performed throughout the year in England. Costumed processions, symbolic dramatizations, traditional dances and fire ceremonies mark the changing seasons and celebrate nature’s bounty. Many of these customs claim an ancient origin such as traditions like Jack-in-the-Green and are kept alive today by local communities. Award-winning photographer Sara Hannant’s vibrant images offer a captivating and surprising glimpse of contemporary ‘Merrie England’.
Balcony Gallery
Free
The Art of Harmony: The V&A and Horniman Music Collections
Until 31 Dec 2012
This exhibition showcases Western classical musical instruments on loan from the V&A and complementary objects from the Horniman.
Balcony Gallery
Free
Thursday Late
Twelfth Night Celebrations
Thurs 26 Jan, 7-8.30pm
Come and hear about the history of Twelfth Night customs from The Lions Part who perform at London’s Bankside every year. See their wonderful costumes, join in a traditional Wassail, come-a-Mumming and learn a song or two.
Free. Adults only. Book in advance. Email [email protected] or tel. 020 8291 8721
Regular Family Events
Busy Bees
Every Wed from 4 Jan
Every Friday from 6 Jan
10.30am, 11.15am, 12pm
Join lively sessions for Under 5s. Activities change every week, with creative play, enchanting stories from around the world, simple art and craft, songs and a whole lot of Horniman fun, created with very young children and their carers in mind.
Free, drop in.
Hands on Family Workshops
Every Sat, from 7 Jan (except 28 Jan), 11.45am and 1pm (45 mins)
Touch real museum objects from all over the world in these themed family sessions. Use all your senses to explore the animal kingdom, musical instruments, costumes, masks, toys and puppets from all over the world. Celebrate Chinese New Year with our special session on 14 and 21 Jan.
7 Jan: Hands on Animals
14, 21 Jan: Hands On Chopsticks
Hands On Base
Free, drop in. Suitable for families with children aged 3+
Art Makers
Every Sat from 7 Jan, 1.30pm and 2.45pm (45 mins)
Create something fabulous to take home in these fun themed sessions led by a professional artist.
7, 28 Jan: Birds in Nests
14, 21 Jan: Chinese dragons
Education Centre
£3 per participating child, adults free
For families with children aged 3+. Buy tickets on the day.
Tales from the Horniman: A World of Stories
Every Sun from 8 Jan, 2.15pm and 3.30pm (45 mins)
Our popular storytellers bring our collections and gardens alive with enchanting stories from around the world. Join us on a rug in one of the galleries for these enjoyable oral storytelling sessions to see why so many people across the world are inspired by listening to stories.
Ask at Information Desk on the day for location
Children must be 3+ and accompanied by an adult.
Discovery for All
Every Sun from 8 Jan, 2 – 3.30pm
How sharp are shark’s teeth? How do you wear a sari? Have you ever played a West African thumb piano, balanced a gourd on your head or stroked a badger?
Drop in to explore our Hands On Base and the thousands of real objects from around the world. Our team of Explainers will help you discover these fascinating objects and make connections between them. This session is for everyone and you don’t need to be a child or visiting with children to enjoy it – come and find out for yourself.
Hands on Base
Free, drop in. Everyone welcome. Children must be 3+ and accompanied by an adult.
Special Events for Everyone
Crossing Borders
Sat 28 Jan, 11am – 4pm
Join us for a day devoted to the talents and achievements of our refugee and asylum seeker communities. Watch performances, handle museum objects and take part in craft activities as we celebrate the city’s diversity.
Free. Everyone welcome.
Pop Up Storytelling
Daily Sun 29 Jan – Sat 4 Feb, 4-5pm
Celebrate National Storytelling Week at the Horniman. Enjoy quiet reading time in our Pop-Up Library and join our popular storytellers for some enchanting storytelling every day at 4pm.
Gallery Square
Free. Everyone welcome.
Children Courses
African Drumming for Children
Every Sun from 15 Jan (except Sun 12 Feb), 10.45-11.15am
Learn to play some traditional rhythms on an African drum with Nzinga Dance.  Your drum will be provided. For children aged 5-10 years and their parents or carers.
£25 for 10 weekly sessions
Book in advance with Nzinga Dance on 020 8314 5498, [email protected] or post to PO Box 36992, London SE6 4WH.
African Dance for Children and Families
Every Sun from 15 Jan (except Sun 12 Feb), 11.15-11.45am
Learn traditional African dance with Nzinga Dance. This course also offers parents and carers an opportunity to learn alongside their children.
For children aged 5-10 years and their parents or carers.
£25 for 10 weekly sessions
Book in advance with Nzinga Dance on 020 8314 5498, [email protected] or post to PO Box 36992, London SE6 4WH.
Adult Courses
Learn the Art of Iyengar Yoga
Every Sat from 14 Jan or (except 11 Feb), 10.30am – 12pm
Every Tues from 17 Jan (except 14 Feb), 6.45 – 8.15pm
Improve your physical fitness, posture, flexibility, strength and sense of poise in this 10 week course for beginners.
Music Gallery Performance Space
£70 for 10 weekly sessions
Booking is essential. Visit our website www.horniman.ac.uk for booking information or call 020 8291 8686.
Prior to confirmation of your booking, you must contact the tutors to discuss your individual health and fitness needs on 020 8699 3194 or [email protected]
African Drumming: Beginners
Every Sun from 15 Jan (except 12 Feb), 11.45am – 12.45pm
Liven up Sundays by learning traditional African drumming rhythms. This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as those who have done a little drumming previously. Your drum will be provided.
Education Centre
£60/£40 concs for 10 weekly sessions
For enquiries and bookings contact Nzinga Dance on 020 8314 5498, email [email protected] or by post to PO Box 36992, London SE6 4WH.
African Drumming: Intermediate
Every Sun from 15 Jan (except 12 Feb), 12.45am – 1.45pm
Enhance your African drumming skills with Nzinga Dance Ensemble. Learn to play faster paced and inter-locking traditional drum rhythms. This course is open to students who have African drumming experience and have played or practised fairly regularly. A drum can be provided, however you are encouraged to bring your own drum if possible.
Education Centre
£60/£40 concs for 10 sessions
For enquiries and bookings contact Nzinga Dance on 020 8314 5498, email [email protected] or by post to PO Box 36992, London SE6 4WH.
African Dance: Beginners and Improvers
Every Sun from 15 Jan (except 12 Feb), 1.45-3pm
Learn traditional dances from Africa and the Caribbean on this open level/mixed ability course with Nzinga Dance Ensemble. Beginners are very welcome.  Classes are accompanied by live drumming.
Education Centre
£60/£40 concs for 10 sessions
For enquiries and bookings contact Nzinga Dance on 020 8314 5498, email [email protected] or by post to PO Box 36992, London SE6 4WH.
Raise the Roof
Every Tues from 17 Jan (except 14 Feb), 7-9pm
Or Every Thurs from 19 Jan (except 16 Feb), 7-9pm
Come and sing songs from jazz to gospel and from old crooners to contemporary pop. Everyone is welcome – all you need are vocal chords!
African Worlds Gallery
£60 for 10 sessions
Booking is essential. Visit our website www.horniman.ac.uk for booking information or call 020 8291 8686.
Music Appreciation: The Rise and Decline of the Symphony
Every Thurs from 18 Jan (except 16 Feb), 2.30-4.30pm
Follow the rise and progress of the Symphony, examining the work of its most famous exponents. An informal course led by Michael Spencer.
Please see www.horniman.ac.uk for a detailed programme.
Education Centre
£60 for 10 sessions
Booking is essential. Visit our website www.horniman.ac.uk for booking information or call 020 8291 8686.
Public Information
Opening hours: 10.30am – 5.30pm
Free Admission to the Museum and Gardens.  All exhibitions and activities are free unless otherwise stated.
Some parts of the Gardens will be closed until Spring 2012 due to redevelopment work
Telephone: 020 8699 1872
www.horniman.ac.uk
Overground train station: Forest Hill
Bus routes: 176, 185, 312, 356, P4
Access: The Museum and the Gardens are both wheelchair and pushchair friendly with accessible toilets. Limited on-site parking is available for disabled visitors – call 020 8699 1872.
Press information and images: [email protected] / 020 8291 8168

horniman-AfricanDanceThe award-winning Horniman Museum was founded by Victorian tea trader Frederick Horniman in 1901, and is where you can discover the natural and cultural world:

  • Horniman Aquarium – get up close to life underwater
  • Music Gallery – sound out instruments from every continent
  • African Worlds – celebrate Africa’s history and diversity
  • Centenary Gallery – encounter world cultures
  • Natural History Gallery – step back in time
  • Hands on Base – touch and explore real objects
  • Gardens – enjoy 16 acres of beautiful green space
  • Nature Base – explore the natural world with our fun interactive displays

Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids – A Journey Through the English Ritual Year

Until 9 Sep 2012

  • This exhibition brings together 50 photographs of regional rituals performed throughout the year in England. Costumed processions, symbolic dramatizations, traditional dances and fire ceremonies mark the changing seasons and celebrate nature’s bounty.
  • Many of these customs claim an ancient origin such as traditions like Jack-in-the-Green and are kept alive today by local communities. Award-winning photographer Sara Hannant’s vibrant images offer a captivating and surprising glimpse of contemporary ‘Merrie England’.
  • Balcony Gallery; Free

The Art of Harmony: The V&A and Horniman Music Collections

Until 31 Dec 2012

  • This exhibition showcases Western classical musical instruments on loan from the V&A and complementary objects from the Horniman.
  • Balcony Gallery; Free

Busy Bees

Every Wed from 4 Jan
Every Friday from 6 Jan
10.30am, 11.15am, 12pm

  • Join lively sessions for Under 5s.
  • Activities change every week, with creative play, enchanting stories from around the world, simple art and craft, songs and a whole lot of Horniman fun, created with very young children and their carers in mind.
    Free, drop in.

Hands on Family Workshops

Every Sat, from 7 Jan (except 28 Jan), 11.45am and 1pm (45 mins)

  • Touch real museum objects from all over the world in these themed family sessions.
  • Use all your senses to explore the animal kingdom, musical instruments, costumes, masks, toys and puppets from all over the world. Celebrate Chinese New Year with our special session on 14 and 21 Jan.

Art Makers

Every Sat from 7 Jan, 1.30pm and 2.45pm (45 mins)

  • Create something fabulous to take home in these fun themed sessions led by a professional artist.
  • 7, 28 Jan: Birds in Nests
  • 14, 21 Jan: Chinese dragons
  • Education Centre; £3 per participating child, adults free
  • For families with children aged 3+. Buy tickets on the day.

Tales from the Horniman: A World of Stories

Every Sun from 8 Jan, 2.15pm and 3.30pm (45 mins)

  • Our popular storytellers bring our collections and gardens alive with enchanting stories from around the world. Join us on a rug in one of the galleries for these enjoyable oral storytelling sessions to see why so many people across the world are inspired by listening to stories.
  • Ask at Information Desk on the day for location
  • Children must be 3+ and accompanied by an adult.

Discovery for All

Every Sun from 8 Jan, 2 – 3.30pm

  • How sharp are shark’s teeth? How do you wear a sari? Have you ever played a West African thumb piano, balanced a gourd on your head or stroked a badger?
  • Drop in to explore our Hands On Base and the thousands of real objects from around the world. Our team of Explainers will help you discover these fascinating objects and make connections between them. This session is for everyone and you don’t need to be a child or visiting with children to enjoy it – come and find out for yourself.
  • Free, drop in. Everyone welcome. Children must be 3+ and accompanied by an adult.

Pop Up Storytelling

Daily Sun 29 Jan – Sat 4 Feb, 4-5pm

  • Celebrate National Storytelling Week at the Horniman. Enjoy quiet reading time in our Pop-Up Library and join our popular storytellers for some enchanting storytelling every day at 4pm.
  • Gallery Square
  • Free. Everyone welcome.

African Drumming for Children

Every Sun from 15 Jan (except Sun 12 Feb), 10.45-11.15am

  • Learn to play some traditional rhythms on an African drum with Nzinga Dance.  Your drum will be provided. For children aged 5-10 years and their parents or carers.
  • £25 for 10 weekly sessions
  • Book in advance with Nzinga Dance on 020 8314 5498, [email protected] or post to PO Box 36992, London SE6 4WH.

African Dance for Children and Families

Every Sun from 15 Jan (except Sun 12 Feb), 11.15-11.45am

  • Learn traditional African dance with Nzinga Dance. This course also offers parents and carers an opportunity to learn alongside their children.
  • For children aged 5-10 years and their parents or carers.
  • £25 for 10 weekly sessions
  • Book in advance with Nzinga Dance on 020 8314 5498, [email protected] or post to PO Box 36992, London SE6 4WH.

Horniman Museum
100 London Road
Forest Hill
London
SE23 3PQ