Horniman Museum and Gardens

100 London Road Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ

From anthropology to musical instruments

The Horniman has been open since Victorian times, when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to visitors. Since then, the collection has grown tenfold and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium, a butterfly house and natural history collection. The Horniman aims to connect people with global cultures and the natural environment, encouraging them to shape a positive future for the world.

Horniman Museum & Gardens Photo: Andrew Lee

Museum Trainee

Nina Thomas

Nina Thomas was the Curating for Change Trainee at Horniman Museum and Gardens. She is also a deaf artist and aspiring curator. As an artist, she often begins her work by researching the archives and is particularly interested in absences and silences in collections and archives. She has exhibited at venues and events such as Liberty Festival, The Crypt Gallery (NW1), Tate Modern (Tate Exchange and Tate Lates), LUX (online) and OVADA (Oxford). Nina believes a properly inclusive society benefits us all. She is interested in the work the heritage sector is doing to welcome and include marginalised voices. She worked on the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA) to archive the history of the Disability Arts Movement. She is a founding member of The Film Bunch. Within her role at The Film Bunch, she curated the online screening ‘Deaf Experience’. She has also worked on access and advisory projects at the V&A, British Ceramics Biennial, The Wallace Collection and The British Museum. She is a trustee at Stagetext.