A delicious selection of homemade cakes and treats are currently sitting in our cafe, waiting to be eaten! Here we have a white chocolate and cherry delice, mini lemon meringue and black cherry and almond tarts, and a wonderful chocolate swirl cheesecake.
Today is #NationalTeaDay and as it is a beverage close to our hearts, we thought we'd share this tremendous troupe of teapots. . The Horniman was founded by tea trader and philanthropist Frederick John Horniman, who collected objects (including some of these teapots) on his travels around the world 🌎🌍🌏
Happy Friday from Flymo, one of the Pygmy Goats at our Animal Walk. Look how happy he is. Thanks to @cee_snowflake for this great picture 👏
The sun is out in the Gardens and so are the bluebells. Bluebell folklore suggests fairies would ring bluebells to summon their kin, but any human hearing the noise would die. Picking or trampling the flowers would bring bad luck or possible fairy abduction! However, wearing a garland of bluebells would compel the wearer to speak only the truth. How you avoided the fairy wrath to make the crown in the first place remains a mystery #FolkloreThursday
Come and listen to the Broadwood Horniman Harpsichord Competition in our Music Galley. It is a free event and the winner will be announced after 3.30pm. . . . . . #horniman #music #instamusic #harpsichord #keyboard #lovemusic #competition
This elaborate Easter Egg comes from Hungary and is made of sugar, with paper and textile flower decorations. There is a glass window at the front which allows you to look at a scene made with paper figures inside.
Are you having a good #EasterSunday? This lovely decorated Easter Egg from our Collections comes from Romania. It has been decorated using coloured wax.
Lots to see at the Easter Fair, from flowers to frocks, from bread to biscuits. . Which part of the Fair are you enjoying most? 🐣
The Easter Fair has started 🐣 . Head up to the Pavilion to try your hand at screen printing with @portableprintstudio (£5 for an A3 print / £12 for a T-Shirt), pick up a balloon animal or get your face painted 🎨
Happy #GoodFriday! This butterfly and bird are Matracas, hand rattles used during Easter in Mexico. Easter celebrations in Mexico are noisy events including fireworks, the burning of paper figures of Judas and the whirring sound of these Matracas, which are sold to spectators from handcarts alongside other festival toys.
Today is #MaundyThursday. In Sweden people used to believe this was the day that witches travelled to Blåkulla to celebrate the witches' Sabbath with the devil. Nowadays, children in Sweden celebrate Easter by dressing up as witches, knocking on doors and asking for sweets, much like the Halloween trick or treat. 🇸🇪 #folklorethursday
On the blog today, Sam one of our Engage Volunteers talks about how the Horniman has inspired his artwork. Link in bio 👆
On the blog for #WildlifeWednesday, bird expert David Darrell-Lambert (aka @birdbrainuk) talks to us about identifying bird calls in the Horniman Gardens. If you are at the Horniman today you can go on a tour of our Gardens with David to learn more about local birds at 12.15pm or join the Dawn Chorus Walk in May. Images: (c) @birdbrainuk. L-R: Robin, stock dove, blackbird and wren.
Today is #NationalPetDay so we thought we'd share some of our domestic animals for our #CreatureFeature. This taxidermy dog and cat are called double-preps, which were used as educational tools in the early twentieth century. They show half a taxidermy specimen on one side and their skeleton on the other, sometimes featuring internal organs as well. This domestic dog came to us in 1922 from Gerrard & Sons while the cat came from the German company Schlüter of Halle in the early twentieth century.
Manuel Gomez was a Spanish clarinetist. He commissioned a full-Boehm clarinet, now part of the Boosey and Hawkes collection held by the Horniman. ⠀ This sheet music shows a fingering table in Gomez’s hand for playing trills on the Gomez-Boehm clarinet from 1906.⠀ ⠀ Happy Music Monday!⠀ ⠀
We can't resist regramming these adorable Easter bunny meringue lollies from @sweetcarolinauk. You can pick them up at the Easter Fair on Saturday 15 April at the Horniman Farmers' Market, which will be open until 4:30pm as part of the Fair.
This lobster claw plant, known locally in New Zealand as kaka beak, is thriving at the top of the Gardens. It is critically endangered in the wild and is native to New Zealand's North Island or Te Ika-a-Māui.
Friday #caketime! Our Valerie has been feeling fruity with a Victoria raspberry sponge cake, a black cherry cheese cake and an entremet layered chocolate mousse cake with chocolate mirror glaze 🍒 🍰