Horniman

June 29, 2013

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Whilst in Forest Hill (one of my favourite areas) last Friday, I decided to visit one of my top London museums, the Horniman. Lorisidae have been in my dreams of late and my primary goal was to find a specimen. I’ve explored the musical instruments and anthropology collections numerous times before whilst living in nearby New Cross, but my favourite gallery at the moment is the natural history section. They have some hugely informative displays comparing brain sizes and skeletons of different animals but I decided against any squeamish pictures. I’m going through a primate phase at the moment and am always awed by the gorilla skeletons (below) as at first glance it looks like a display of mismatched human skeletons.

If Wes Anderson were to curate a museum gallery it would surely be the Horniman natural history collection. The thoughtfully laid out displays, pastel backgrounds and gratuitous use of ‘Futura’ font lend the gallery a certain Anderson aesthetic. Without my sketch book I happily wandered around taking photographs and scribbling notes on which animals to further research. There was such a feeling of tranquility and calm in the upstairs gallery especially and I spent about an hour alone, just me and the exhibits. After, I sat in the medicine garden listening to the wind chimes and thinking about all the thousands and thousands of creatures in the world, and how at one time we were all the same.

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10 responses to “Horniman”

  1. Anna says:

    Great post, I love your style so much <3 Would you like to join my summer GIVE AWAY party? Love, Anna

    http://www.fashionanna.com

  2. Leah says:

    I think I have fallen in love with your blog!

    Leah x

  3. Lucy says:

    Looks very interesting! great pics. πŸ™‚

  4. Melissa says:

    What an incredible place! I really love natural history museums. x

    Melissa
    http://wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

  5. Thank you for the comment on my post. I’ve just been looking through your blog and I love it, especially this post as I am fascinated with natural history. I will HAVE to go here. I’d never heard of it before.. Do you know of any other hidden gems like this tucked away in London? q◕‿◕q

    – chewkamu.blogspot.com

    • tapeparade says:

      Oh thanks so much Luke! You can follow me if you want to keep up with my posts, I’ve got a bloglovin thingy set up. Yay for natural history, there’s a few little museums and galleries dotted about that I love. For natural history I would also check out the Grant museum. For interesting smaller museums there are LOADS. I’m going to be posting about the wellcome collection and the hunterian museum when I’m back from holiday though as I seem to be spending a lot of time in museums of late! Let me know if you go to the horniman and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did πŸ™‚ XX

  6. Claire says:

    thank you for the comment you left on my blog <3
    I love the hornimans museum, i never get bored of it and the gardens are so beautiful! Have you been in the cafe there? they make the best bacon sandwich! x

    iampolkadots.blogspot.co.uk

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