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Horniman Museum - Exhibitions for 2012

The Body Adorned: Dressing London

Exhibition previews

AS WELL AS a special display of decorated Easter eggs in the South Hall balcony gallery, the Horniman Museum has three exhibitions currently on display. They are:

The Body Adorned: Dressing London – in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery until January 6, 2013. Admission free.

This major exhibition explores how body adornment has become part of London life across times and cultures.

The Body Adorned considers how the movement of people, objects and ideas have influenced London dress in the past and explores body adornment in today’s world city of London.

It features hundreds of objects from the Horniman’s collections including adorned figures, early tattooing instruments and headdresses, a film installation, several wardrobes of London residents exploring why they wear what they wear and urban street portraits taken by young people.

Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids – A Journey Through the English Ritual Year – in the Balcony Gallery until September 9, 2012. Admission free.

Fifty photographs highlight regional rituals performed throughout the year in England, with costumed processions, symbolic dramatizations and traditional dances marking the changing seasons and celebrating nature’s bounty.

Award-winning photographer Sara Hannant’s vibrant images offer a captivating and surprising glimpse of contemporary ‘Merrie England’.

The Art of Harmony: The V&A and Horniman Music Collections – in the Balcony Gallery until December 31, 2012. Admission free.

This is a unique display showcasing Western classical musical instruments on loan from the V&A and complementary objects from the Horniman.

For more information call 020 8699 1872 or visit

Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ