Livery Club visit to the Horniman Museum

Founded by the tea trader and philanthropist Frederick Horniman (1835-1906), the Horniman Museum and Gardens opened in 1901 to house the many thousands of items he collected from his travels around the world, in particular his collections of natural history and anthropology, cultural artefacts and musical instruments.

The visit will allow members and guests to explore the Museum and Gardens at leisure during the morning, followed by lunch, with guided tours, demonstration and ‘hands-on’ activity in the unique and wide-ranging Music Gallery and instrument collection in the afternoon.
10.30am – Meet in the Museum Foyer (coffee etc available in the Café for early arrivers)
View the free exhibitions and grounds independently: Natural History Gallery, Gardens (with magnificent views over London) and Animal enclosure. Admission to the Aquarium & Butterfly House at a small extra cost
12.45pm – Lunch in the Pavilion, a beautiful, modern private space (reserved for the Livery Club) in the north end of the grounds. Two courses (hot main course and a dessert, with a glass of wine).
2.15pm – Tours of the Music Gallery and collection of instruments from around the world, including a demonstration of the 1772 Kirckman harpsichord. Over 1300 instruments can be seen, the largest number on display in the UK, including objects from the Dolmetsch, Wayne, Adam Carse, Percy Bull and Boosey & Hawkes collections. The gallery also features films and interactive sound tables linking instruments on display to the cultures and contexts in which they are found.
3.30pm – Introduction to the Museum’s instrument handling collection, and talk from the Learning Team about how music is taught to different age groups. Practical activities for our group with an opportunity to try some instruments including: Indonesian anklung, Irish bodhran, Nigerian “talking drum”, Zimbabwean mbira
4.15pm – Visit concludes (option to have afternoon tea in the Café)
Further information about the Horniman Museum:
Cost: £45 including 2 course lunch & glass of wine and guided tour of the Music Gallery and collection. Optional admission to the Butterfly House (timed tickets) is £6 and to the Aquarium £4.

Please book via the Members area by Thursday 8 February