The Horniman is one of my favourite museums in London. It’s in Forest Hill, so not far at all from my old home in the SE (still one of my favourite bits of London). I hadn’t been there for a couple of years (last blog here) so when Ryan* wanted to go on a rare mutual day off I was pretty eager! The Horniman has an eclectic mix of stuff – animal displays, taxidermy, musical instruments, african artifacts – but that’s all part of the charm. Outside there’s a tiny farm, a musical art installation and a Victorian herb garden to visit.
We went down into the aquarium to escape a sudden downpour of rain and it was evening when we ventured back out! The weather in London at the moment is bizarre. A grey morning could turn into a night-time thunderstorm, or a balmy summer’s evening – Ryan clearly isn’t sure what to make of it either.
One of the main things I struggle with in museums – especially diverse ones such as the Horniman – is how best to document the experience. My brain seems to come alive when I visit most museums, so I write down my thoughts in a flurry – I’ve always been a fast note-taker. Camera-wise, I come home with a load of awful photos hampered by the glare of the exhibit glass. I buy postcards of my favourite items where possible, but it’s never the same as taking your own record. What do you find most helpful?