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Local events

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Yamal: The Stream of Life  Free

Horniman Museum and Gardens 24 October 10am to 5.30PM

A beautiful photography exhibition revealing the lives and culture of people living in the Yamal region of Northwest Siberia.

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EVOLUTION of The Artist and the Exhibited Works Free

Horniman Museum and Gardens 24 October 10am to 5.30PM

An installation of beautifully crafted life-size crochet animal sculptures by UK based Crochetdermy® artist Shauna Richardson.

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The Lore of the Land Free

Horniman Museum and Gardens 24 October 10am to 5.30PM

The first exhibition in our new arts space, The Studio, explores our deep-rooted relationship with the natural world and is co-curated by members of the community and artist Serena Korda.

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Colour: The Rainbow Revealed

Horniman Museum and Gardens 24 October 10am to 5.30PM

An interactive exhibition for the all the family exploring the endless ways in which colour shapes our world.

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Big Wednesday: Autumn Colours Free

Horniman Museum and Gardens 24 October 10.30AM to 3.30PM

Enjoy a range of fun activities to boost your wellbeing including storytelling and short animated films, all inspired by autumn colours and run by Arts Network.

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History

Forest Hill is one of the highest hills in London, originally part of the Great North Wood until the mid-19th century it was sparsely inhabited by charcoal burners and woodsmen. The opening of the Forest Hill Station in 1839 (originally called The Dartmouth Arms) gave the first boost to the development of the suburb. Until then the name 'Forest Hill' had been applied exclusively to fifteen or twenty houses in Honor Oak Road.

Collector and politician Frederick Horniman began his collection of artefacts as a public and it became one of the most popular attractions in south London. The current building was opened in 1901 amid a 16-acre park and is open to the public free of charge. Other buildings of architectural merit include the Forest Hill Library, Forest Hill Pools and the Capitol cinema now a J.D Wetherspoons pub.