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Horniman Museum and Gardens – March events


Brick Wonders
Saturday 16 February to Sunday 27 October

Discover amazing wonders from around the world made entirely from LEGO® bricks. From an ancient Egyptian pyramid to Old London Bridge, and from the natural wonder of a coral reef to the modern marvel of the international space station, travel through history and explore over 50 models made using half a million LEGO® bricks. Build your imagination at the interactive play areas, and don’t miss two special models of Horniman icons created especially for the show.

Ticket prices:  Child £5; Adult £9: Family (up to 2 adults, 2 children) £20. Prices include voluntary 10% Gift Aid donation. Horniman Members and Benefactors enjoy free, unlimited visits to the exhibition. See more information. 


The Lore of the Land
Until Sunday 2 June

The first exhibition in our new arts space, The Studio, explores our deep-rooted relationship with the natural world. Artist Serena Korda has worked with a Collective of local community members to create a multi-sensory installation featuring ceramic artworks dispensing scents inspired by the Horniman Gardens, and a soundscape based on recordings of the chemical processes occurring in plants and trees. The exhibition includes a display of 100 objects from the Horniman’s anthropology collection which have been selected by Korda and a Collective of local community members. Free.

Sea Nomads
Until Sunday 23 June

The Bajau Laut, an ethnic group of Malay origin, are some of the last true marine nomads. For centuries they have lived out their lives almost entirely at sea. Photographer James Morgan highlights efforts to conserve their culture and the spectacular underwater environments they have called home for centuries. Free.

EVOLUTION of The Artist and The Exhibited Works
Until Sunday 17 March

An installation of beautifully crafted life-size crochet animal sculptures by UK based Crochetdermy® artist Shauna Richardson. Part natural history, part anthropology, the display includes trophy heads of a bear and a lioness, as well as monkeys and an infographic showing the ‘evolution’ of Shauna’s work. Supported by Roseberys Auctioneers. Free.

Special Events

 Horniman X Goldsmiths
Thursday 21 March, 6.30-10pm

Explore the Horniman at night with Goldsmiths academics and students who give creative and critical responses to our collections, gallery spaces, and history. For ticket details go to Over-18s only.

Youth Takeover Family Day
Saturday 23 March, 12noon-4pm

The Horniman Youth Panel take over the Museum for a day of family friendly activities inspired by performance. Part of the Lewisham Live Festival. Free, drop in.

Regular Events

Horniman Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday, 9am-1.30pm

Visit the Horniman Farmers’ Market every Saturday to pick-up your weekly essentials direct from independent and local producers. Located in our glorious Gardens you will find stalls selling seasonal fruit and veg, artisan bread, organic meat, craft beer and delicious hot food. We also have regular guest traders specialising in treats such as luxury chocolates, homemade jams and irresistible cakes. Free entry.

Library Open Day

First Sunday of each month, 10.30am–5.30pm

Browse our library collections and see some of the library treasures. Free, drop in.

Hear it Live!
Last Tuesday of every month, 3.30-4pm

Join us in the Music Gallery to hear performances and talks based on our musical instrument collection, including our 18th-century harpsichord. Free.

‘Welcome to the Horniman’ Tours
Wednesdays and Saturdays 4pm, Sundays 11.30am

Our Visitor Hosts provide a short introduction to the Horniman on these informal tours.

Curiosity Talks
Tuesdays, 4pm and Saturdays, 11.30am

Enjoy talks on a range of fascinating objects and topics, delivered by our Visitor Hosts. Free, drop in.

Celebrating actor Richard Burbage 400 years after his death

Exit Burbage – The Perfect Epitaph

Celebrating actor Richard Burbage 400 years after his death

Shakespeare wrote giant tragic roles for Burbage – he was the best, most popular actor of his time. The 13th March 2019 sees the 400th anniversary of his death and the residents of Burbage Road, Dulwich, are following in his footsteps, with among other events, a walk (setting off from his resting place in St Leonards Church) commemorating his epic removal of  ‘The Theatre’ from Shoreditch to Bankside, rebuilding it as the Globe Theatre.

Louise Wood, Chair of the Burbage Road Residents’ Association says “Our project has quickly evolved into an enthusiastic partnership with Andrew Dickson, author of Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare’s Globe, the Globe Theatre and St Leonards Church, Burbage’s final resting place.

Louise continues “Initially the aim was to make sure that every household knew the story of the man who gave his name to the road.  We’ve especially valued involving around 100 young local people through our partnerships with the Glove and MOLA.  This has given us the opportunity to bring the message to those in Southwark, home of great Shakespearian theatre.”

Burbage was a charismatic and as passionate in person as he was on stage and a colourful story exists showing Richard Burbage’s lateral thinking when the landlord refused to renew the lease of the Theatre site. In a flamboyantly daring move, at Christmas 1598, under cover of darkness, the Burbage brothers, Shakespeare and Co took down their wooden theatre plank by plank, ferried it across the river to the south bank and reconstructed. It was a new Playhouse, the finest yet. It was to be called the Globe. With his brother, Cuthbert, Richard set up an innovative system of theatre management. Burbage was an accomplished artist too. See his portrait in Dulwich Picture Gallery and judge for yourself the charisma, the confidence.

Find out more about Richard Burbage and other events at

Five tips to create blogs… that your ideal clients will read!

You do great work, your product’s a winner. Attracting your perfect customer… that can be a challenge.

Here are five ideas to create blogs that will keep your ideal clients and referrers coming back for more.

1. Clarity, motivation

Why are you blogging? Who is your ideal client? Who are your referrers?

Clarity about that will help you create and promote regular blogs.

As website designers White Heat Design put it in a blogof their own:

… chang[e] your mindset from that of a business owner to that of your perfect customer. What are they looking for and why are you the right fit?

Cracking that will keep you motivated too. Why? You’ll be clearer about why you’re putting in time and effort to publish regular blogs on your website.

2. Finish, start again

You’ve just created a blog. It’s on the way to being read, commented on, shared…

Start another one right away.

A draft, even of a few words, will spur you on to get back to it.

3. Think ahead

Creating a blog is one thing, promoting it another? Yes and no.

Thinking about how and why you will promote your blog while you’re writing it will help you to:

  • keep your ideal client in mind
  • structure your blog in “digestible”, readable and engaging sections
  • encourage readers to react to your blog

4. Views, comments

Set yourself targets. How many people will read your blog? How many will add a comment at the end?

(I aim for at least three comments per blog.)

Include a “call to action” – often an open question – that encourages readers to give their views.

When you send your blog post to people in your network, ask them to add a comment too.

Offer to do the same on their blog or a recent LinkedIn post.

5. Images

Readers can quickly be put off by a wall of text.

Compelling images – especially that nod to design of your website and branding – will help people to keep reading.

Take a look at the websites Pixabay and Unsplash, for instance. (Please credit the photographer.)

Images will also help you promote your blog on social media.


You may not manage to blog every week; fortnightly or monthly may be more manageable to start with.

Posting consistently useful, interesting and engaging content – finding your blogging voice – can be a process of trial and error.

Give yourself the chance to get into your stride. It will be well worth the time and effort.

This article is based on a longer blog. Add a comment? Please do.

(Lead photo by prawnyon Pixabay.)

What’s on at Dulwich Books this March

Wednesday 27th March 2019
John Lanchester on The Wall, with Razia Iqbal

John Lanchester writes with such clarity and effectiveness that his prose is a pleasure I always look forward to. His previous novels have all been memorable evocations of the world we’re familiar with, but The Wall is something new: almost an allegory, almost a dystopian-future warning, partly an elegant study of the nature of storytelling itself. I was hugely impressed by it.
Philip Pullman

Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he’s lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he has only two years of this: 729 more nights…

The Wall is the long-awaited new novel from John Lanchester, bestselling author of Capital.A thrilling and hypnotic work of fiction, it is a mystery story, a love story, a war story and a story about a voyage. The Wall is a novel about why the young are right to distrust the old. It’s about a broken world you will recognise as your own – and about what might be found when all is lost.

Don’t miss the chance to come along to Dulwich Books and hear John Lanchester talk about this fascinating new novel and about why he has turned to dystopian fiction in order to address our current political climate. He will be in conversation with Razia Iqbal. Razia is one of the main presenters of Newshour, the flagship current affairs programme on the BBC World Service and has worked at the BBC for 30 years.

John Lanchester in conversation with Razia Iqbal on The Wall

Dulwich Books, 6 Croxted Road, West Dulwich, SE21 8SW
Wednesday 27thMarch 2019 from 19.00 – 20.30

Tickets £10 (Admission) £22 (Admission + copy of The Wall)

Wednesday 3rdApril
Secret Histories: Damian Barr with Sarah Perry

Barr has captured the threads of all of human history. You Will Be Safe Here is as unexpected as it is unsettling.
Aminatta Forna

South Africa, 1901, the height of the second Boer War. Sarah van der Watt and her son are taken from their farm by force to Bloemfontein Concentration Camp where, the English promise: they will be safe.

Johannesburg, 2010. Sixteen-year-old outsider Willem just wants to be left alone with his books and his dog. Worried he’s not turning out right, his ma and her boyfriend send him to New Dawn Safari Training Camp. Here they ‘make men out of boys’. Guaranteed.

Inspired by real events, You Will Be Safe Hereuncovers a hidden colonial history and present-day darkness while exploring our capacity for cruelty and kindness. This is the debut novel from Damian Barr, whose awarding-winning memoir, Maggie & Me, was about coming of age and coming out in Thatcher’s Britain. He is the creator and host of the marvellous Literary Salon.

We are thrilled that Damian will be with us on the evening before the publication day of You Will Be Safe Here. He will be talking about his novel with Sarah Perry, author of Dulwich Books favourites, The Essex Serpentand Melmoth. Both You Will Be Safe Hereand Melmothconsider the links between hidden legacies of history and the present. Don’t miss what is sure to be a fantastic discussion about this wonderful debut novel and about how fiction can be used to illuminate the past.

Damian Barr in conversation with Sarah Perry on You Will Be Safe Here

Dulwich Books, 6 Croxted Road, West Dulwich, SE21 8SW

Wednesday 3rdApril 2019 from 19.00 – 20.30

Tickets £10 (Admission) or £22 (Admission + copy of You Will Be Safe Here)

The Last Word: Michele Simon, Bridewell Care

My name is Michele Simon and I run a values-based at-home care company called Bridewell Care. We provide support for people who, although aging, want to remain at home. Often all they need is some companionship and a bit of help round the house or some support after an operation to get them back on their feet.

How long have you lived in the area?

18 years.

What brought you here?

My partner, now my husband, lived here.  He told me he loved East Dulwich and wasn’t going to move out to Woking. So, I had to move to Dulwich!  It was however a good choice and I’ve never looked back.

What’s changed most during that time?

Pretty much everything – new shops, new bars, new restaurants – and loads of children.  You never used to see a child but now there are loads of families living here.  It’s been good for the area.

What do you most value about the area/street you live in?

I like being within walking distance of everything – shops, coffee shops, the train station, the park – and the fact we still have free parking on the street.

What one thing would you change?

Because I live in a flat, the council won’t give us a bin and we have to leave rubbish out on the streets for collection – it really ruins the look and feel of the area.

What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without?

Coffee shops.  I adore them – as somewhere that lets me rewind, have new ideas and deep discussions as well as trivial socialising. What did we all do before coffee shops? I can’t live without them in my life – and we have so many to choose from living near Lordship Lane.

The most famous person you’ve seen or met?

I used to live with Twiggy’s sister – so I got to meet Twiggy who is such a nice person – down to earth and very engaging.

Café, pub or bar?

It’s really difficult to answer this question because there are so many places to choose – but I think it has to be The Greyhound pub in the Village with its friendly staff, good food, a great beer garden. Just a fabulous place to go on a summer evening.

What’s your favourite place to go for a drink?

Probably House of Tippler. Tim is really friendly, as are the staff – and they play the best tunes where if you fancy it you can have a bop and not feel embarrassed.

The best kept secret…

There is an orchard in Melbourne Grove.

Where’s your favourite place to walk?

It has to be Dulwich Park, first thing on a summer morning, when there’s not many people around. You can stare at a blue sky and look at the trees – and imagine that you are out in the countryside somewhere.

If money was no object…

I’d offer my company’s services for free – to everyone who needed them.   It’s that important to me.