AES visit to the Horniman Museum

22 May 2009 23:00 - 23:00

Location: Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ, UK.

Event description

Victorian tea trader Frederick John Horniman began collecting specimens and artefacts from around the World in the 1860's. Horniman's key mission was to bring the world to Forest Hill and he opened part of his family house to the public so they could view the riches he had collected.

The Horniman Museum has three main collections; Anthropology, Natural History, and Musical Instruments. The Natural History collection alone contains some 250,000 specimens.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 10:45 am: Arrival and welcome - meet at the Information Desk at the main entrance to the museum.
  • 11.00am: A-Maze-ing woodlice. An interactive session building mazes to investigate alternating behaviour in woodlice.
  • 12.30-1.30: Lunch. Please bring a packed lunch. A room has been booked for us to use exclusively.
  • 1.30-2.00: Meet the expert. Jo Hatton, Keeper of Natural History, will be introducing you to the Horniman beetle and other interesting beetles from the Horniman collection not on public display.
  • 2.00-3.00: Bug Hunt Challenge. How many different bugs can you and your team identify in the museum gardens within one hour?

The museum has a new Nature Base which includes lots of interesting specimens for us to look at, including real, live Horniman beetles.

Contingency arrangements have been made for the afternoon in case of very bad weather (including a competition to build a giant bug out of recycled materials and rubbish for those who want to).

Please note: if arriving by car, please find street parking nearby as there is no parking at the museum.

Organisation details

This event was organised by the AES.
For further information please refer to the printed publications you have received (if you are a member) or contact us.

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