As it is #pancakeday, we've been looking through the collections for the pancake making essentials, like this flour tub and scoop from Poland, a pretty Polish egg, a milk pail from France and a Polish butter churn, topped off with the classic combo of lemon and sugar courtesy of a cigarette card from London and a silver sugar bowl from India.
This harpsichord, the most expensive of Kirchman’s models, is an impressive instrument. ⠀ ⠀ With its two keyboards, three sets of strings and two pedal-operated devices, it had the most up-to-date specification for its time in 1772. The left pedal facilitates quick changes in tone colour and volume. The right pedal operates a Nag’s head swell which creates gradations in volume by lifting and lowering the front portion of the lid. Its buff stop applies a set of leather pads to the strings giving a muffled, less percussive sound, and the lute stop plucks the strings very close to one of its end points yielding a very nasal sound. ⠀ ⠀ We have live music played on this instrument on the last Tuesday of every month, in our Music Gallery. Pop along for a free performance and to enjoy this instrument’s beautiful sound. ⠀ #musicmonday
We're going to bang the drum at our Robot Zoo Late on Thursday.⠀ ⠀ Join us for music, dancing, food, drink, animal face painting and more. Book tickets: http://bit.ly/RobotZooLate⠀ ⠀
Pop over to our cafe for some delicious homemade cakes made in our kitchens. Try our raspberry delice topped with fresh fruit, our rich and creamy tiramisu, our heavenly chocolate fudge cake or our excellent white chocolate mirror glaze cake. 😋
Doris seems to have blown away and we've been left with glorious sun shine. A perfect time to explore our Gardens 👌#happyfriday
The scaffolding in our South Hall has gone up as we start work on creating our new World Gallery. This exciting project will see a new redisplay of our Anthropology collection open to the public next year 🙌
Special guests @maddiemoate and @gregfoot joined us today in The Robot Zoo to film some videos for YouTube. Follow their channels to learn how grasshoppers jump so high and how flies taste their food! #robotzoo #horniman
This is a glass armonica or crystallophone made by FA Böhm in Karlsruhe, Germany in about 1780. It is played by stroking the wet edges of the glass bowls with fingers to produce musical notes. There are 33 glass bowls of graduated sizes which produce a chromatic scale of two octaves and eight notes. The gold rimmed bowls sound the accidentals while the plain bowls sound natural notes. The foot peddle at the base rotates the bowls to help produce the sound. #MusicMonday
The spring flowers are blooming in our Gardens and the bees are loving them 🐝🌼
Enjoy some delicious homemade cake in our cafe! This mint cake is made with peppermint tea and after eight mints 😋
These shoes were made for a Manchu woman in China, between 1900-1925. They are made of pink damask, decorated with couched gold thread in the design of butterflies amid flowers. The shoes are edged with red ribbon and lined with blue silk.
Continuing with our fashion theme, this is a wedding dress from England dating from 1717, but was most likely restyled in the 1770s to fit with the trends of the day. It is made of a cream silk fabric with a brocade pattern of flowers and other curvilinear designs. It was presented to us in 1942 by Miss Sarah Drage.
In honour of #LFW we've been sharing some of the fashions from our collections over on Twitter. This is a chest decoration, called kiwaari, worn by Bedamuni men at the kamokafoi ceremony in Papua New Guinea. The kiwaari are worn to imitate breasts when the men dress up as women. They are made from the aerial roots of pandanus trees and ours were made for us by Totaba in the late 1970s.
We love this picture from @the_london_photo taken in our Hands on Base. ⠀ ⠀ Come and try on a mask yourself at our Horniman Explorers sessions this half term as well as our hands-on sessions on various Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. ⠀
What would you add into the #museum101? What about this scary 'Greybeard' mask from Romania?
Crafty makers of London! Do you sell homeware/gardening/clothing products? Do you want to have a stall at our popular Easter Fair inside our beautiful Victorian conservatory? For more information and how to apply go to our website: horniman.ac.uk/easter 👌🐰 Thanks @just.venesha for the awesome 📸
This Valentine's card comes Nigeria and has been posted on our Tumblr by the staff at our collections stores. See more of their Valentines: in-the-Horniman.tumblr.com
This Valentine gift from our collections is a small heart shaped cushion of white and purple silk. It comes from Portugal and has been embroidered in pink and yellow silk, decorated with sequins, ribbon and wire. We believe the translation reads, You do not know how much it costs me / to see her suffer for me / but one day the suffering / will turn to pleasure.