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Horniman offers free loans to South East Museums

Object in Focus loans 2015 - 2018

Object in Focus is a simple loans programme funded by the Arts Council England which aims to improve access to our collections and strengthen museum partnerships by offering a range of objects for loan free of charge. These loans meet the same documentation, conservation and exhibition standards as our management support is provided throughout. This programme is available until March 2018 and aims to pioneer a proactive and accessible way of offering loans. 

The programme offers free of charge:

• An object or selection of objects on short-term loan from a portfolio of objects from the Horniman’s diverse collections.
• The option of borrowing a showcase (either 1800mm x 1000mm² or 1800mm x 700mm²) with lighting (depending on the object).
• Transport and installation/de-installation of the object and showcase.
• An interpretation panel and mount for the display.
• The option of publicity (postcards or bookmarks) for the loan and talk/event.
• The option of professional development or a specialist talk related to the loan.
• Support by the project coordinator throughout the loan process.

Who is eligible?

We are keen to work with small museums primarily for venues in London and the South East of England, however we may be able to loan further afield. Please contact us to discuss eligibility.
Venues will need to commit to the following:
• A contact who is regularly available to coordinate the loan.
• Time to commit to the paperwork, a pre-loan visit and installation of the loan.
• To work with us if need be to meet environmental and security conditions set out by our conservators and UKRG.
• Step free access and space for a showcase, or your own suitable showcase.

Objects offered:

Objects selected for loan span the Horniman’s three core collections; Natural History, Anthropology and Musical Instruments. The objects can be used to launch a new or redeveloped gallery, provide a theme for activities or to highlight a collection and encourage visitors. We can also offer advice on how to link loaned objects to your current collections, and to discuss possible themes and connections.

Objects include:

• Japanese shogi set.
• South African imbenge (beer pot covers).
• Cypriot carnival clown mask.
• Chinese figure of Zhenwu.
• Swedish Christmas goats.
• Romanian decorated Easter Eggs.
• Horse’s skull.
• Badger taxidermy.
• Secretary bird taxidermy.
• Pine marten taxidermy (dependent on light levels).
• Taxidermy miniature dogs.
• A chimpanzee skeleton.
• A WW1 bugle.
• A ranasringa (an Indian horn/trumpet).
• Candomblé ferramena. (‘Tools’ used in Candomblé shrines)

For more information about the loans offer,
please contact:
Laura Cronin
Collections Access Officer
Horniman Museum & Gardens
Tel: 0208 858 8232
Email: regular loans, and conservation and collections