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two skulls with their mouths visible only side by side. Both have large teeth


What are we working on? Read about the different projects we are working on, as well as those we have worked on in the past.

From gallery refurbishments to collaborations with source communities, from research into coral reproduction to celebrating the music scene in South London.

Current projects

Two strips of colour , top purple and bottom black with a torn paper effect. There is a gap to the right of the paper with people wearing headphones.


The Horniman’s 696 Resident Artists programme supports music artists at the cutting edge of south London’s music scene.
A glass case, seen diagonally, filled with objects grouped by category, like shells, masks, red things, strangers and danger.

Community perspectives

There is an area in the Horniman’s World Gallery called ‘Perspectives’. It is about arranging museum objects in groups to tell a story.
The back of a woman's head

Hair, Untold Stories

At the Horniman we are currently researching within our collections, and beyond, to create a new exhibition – Hair, Untold Stories – which will open in October 2021.
A print from a Nigerian wallpaper design


1 October 2020 marks 60 years since Nigeria became independent. Nigeria60 brings together prominent Nigerian thinkers and creatives to respond to this moment, and talk about the way in which it is imprinted in the present.
Two clumps of spiny pink corals against a black background. There are hundred or tiny pink circular eggs being released from them and floating upward

Project Coral

Project Coral is an innovative coral reproductive research project led by the Horniman Aquarium with international partners to develop techniques to stimulate coral reproduction.
A close up of the base of a wooden stringed instrument. The base is round with lots of inlaid decorations showing people and birds around the strings

Music in the Making

Music in the Making is a major four year programme to improve understanding of the Horniman’s Musical Instrument collection and to maximise its potential through creative programming.

Past projects