When it comes to local sights and institutions, it is hard to argue against the presence of a walrus in Forest Hill. Local residents love it, and people come from far and wide to see what is on offer at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.
Of course, the fantastic museum has been closed during the lockdown, and this has caused a problem. The local museum, which is so much more than a place to while away a few hours, it is a local landmark, is losing £150,000 a month. Many people, families and businesses are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, so not everyone will be in a position to help.
However, anyone who has the time or means to support the Great Walrus, and a very-necessary local destination, should look out for the Great Walrus Tea Party. This will take place on Wednesday 24th June and people are encouraged to take part at home and online.
Bake cakes and have some fun for a brilliant cause
By baking themed cakes and getting together, online or at a safe distance, with friends, people can have some fun and even donate to the cause. However, if 24th June doesn’t suit, there will be an opportunity for people to join a virtual tea party throughout June.
Jo Brand, said; “Apparently there’s a bigger icon than me living in South London, who wants your cakes and baked offerings to help raise money for the fabulous Horniman Museum and Gardens. If you love the Horniman as much as I do, why don’t you join in by holding a virtual Great Walrus Tea Party? Bake your walrus-themed cakes, invite your friends to join in online and make a donation. Every penny will help the Horniman inspire future generations of London’s families and school children with lifelong curiosity.”
The Horniman Museum has been closed since Wednesday 18th March, and there is no change in sight. However, many people have enjoyed the gardens at the museum during the lockdown. This public space has been open every day between 8am and 4.30 pm, helping people to enjoy their daily exercise.
With lockdown restrictions slightly loosening, more people will attend the gardens, but the museum is unlikely to welcome visitors any time soon.
The Horniman has some fascinating exhibits
The history of the museum dates bac to 1901 and it contains 350,000 objects from around the world. If you are looking for a diverse range of galleries, you can enjoy the aquarium, a music space and a lot of focus on natural history. There is a World Gallery of Anthropology which opened in the summer of 2018 and an arts space, The Studio, which opened in October of that year.
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