Horniman Museum Gardens reopen following a major £2.3m redevelopment

Restored bandstand at the Horniman Museum
Restored bandstand at the Horniman Museum

Masterminded by landscape architects Land Use Consultants, the project has taken 16 months to complete. The work has been possible thanks to £907,000 in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund, through the Parks for People scheme.

One significant new feature is a Gardens Pavilion designed by Walters and Cohen, which will host school groups, conferences and public performances. The modern timber structure features floor to ceiling windows, a living roof and a spectacular outdoor terrace boasting views of the London skyline. Heated by a ground source pump, the Pavillion will help the Horniman to reduce its carbon footprint and utility costs.

Janet Vitmayer CBE, director of the Horniman Museum and Gardens, said: “In 1901 Frederick Horniman formally gave the Museum and Gardens to ‘the people in perpetuity’ for their ‘recreation, instruction and enjoyment’. The Gardens were to be a complement to the Museum and Frederick Horniman requested that the whole gift should be treated as a unity.

“With this new project we have truly honoured Horniman’s vision and wishes, offering our public even more ways to explore and enjoy themselves.”

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