This afternoon we went to Catford to meet friends and from there we all went to Forest Hill and the Horniman Museum. Today there was sunshine at last and the Museum was sunlit when we arrived.
The Horniman Museum has several galleries, all well set out and interesting. We first spent some time in the aquarium where a number of aquatic habitats are reproduced.
There is also a large room dedicated to Africa with a variety of types of exhibit covering a wide span of time. My personal interests drew me to the relatively small section on Ancient Egypt.
My attention was also caught by this striking piece of work. It is a cement sculpture (yes, cement) of a seated woman by the Nigerian artist Sunday Jack Akpan.
Beside the museum is a beautiful conservatory in glass and an white painted ironwork. It is elegant but difficult to photograph in its entirety because of being now rather confined.
The museum is set in beautiful gardens but by the time we emerged, the sun was setting and night was coming on. I was attracted by the arboreal lacework of winter-bare branches against the sunset sky.
As we left, the sky became dark completely and the electric lights came on all around.
To take the above photo, I had to climb onto a wall and brace the camera against the metal railings but it I think it was worthwhile for the pretty picture that resulted.
We caught the 185 bus just down the road and changed to a London Bridge train at Lewisham and thus returned home.
The Horniman Museum (admission free) is well worth visiting and there is no restriction on photography as long as you do not use flash while photographing the fish. (That should be obvious in any case.)
There were no tigers in the Museum, unfortunately (though there was a stuffed cheetah in the Natural History Gallery), but there was a lion. A handsome fellow, isn’t he?
On the plinth is a notice reading “Please touch the lion gently”. He deserves no less.