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Joined 26-04-2006
Posted on Sunday, 03 September, 2006 - 12:20 pm:   

Just received a note through my door from Jim Dowd MP about the future of the Horniman Museum. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport is now consulting on whether control of the Horniman should be passed to the Mayor of London and the GLA. The Museum's Director and staff - and Lewisham West Labour Party - are opposed to this move and want to remain an Independent Trust.
If we want to support Jim Dowd's campaign, we are urged to write to the DCMS BY 8TH SEPTEMBER!!
This seems a rather tight deadline. I'd not heard anything about this matter until today. Am I the only one who wasn't in the loop?
Joined 04-03-2005
Posted on Sunday, 03 September, 2006 - 02:07 pm:   

I have not seen Jim Dowd's letter as I live on the other side of the railway. However the consultation paper can be found at 0D-46EE-9515-6408EBDF24DE/0/cons_futurespons_MoL.p df
It only make a very brief mention of Horniman and almost suggests that it would be a completely different case to the museums it does wish to transfer to the GLA (which are museums about London).

It seems clear that Horniman should remain independent, even though it used to be run by the GLC / ILEA. But I would be interested to hear any other opinions before the Forest Hill Society makes a submission to DCMS.
Joined 24-03-2005
Posted on Sunday, 03 September, 2006 - 02:51 pm:   

Heaven forbid that the Horniman should come under the control of the GLA. If this happened I expect that its funding would be cut,the quality of its exhibitions compromised, and the maintenance of the lovely gardens contracted out. Not a good prospect for those of us who value the contibution it makes to our community. It seems to have thrived under the DCMS, so I hope that this consultation will recognise that a museum with internationally important collections should remain under the control of a national rather than local body.

I hope that the FHS will respond on behalf of the many people in the community, who like me, were not aware of this proposal.
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Sunday, 03 September, 2006 - 04:03 pm:   

God forbid . Does not our fuehrer control enough. Why would he want Horniman's in the reich.
Been to Horniman's this afternoon the gardens are better than ever especially the new African Garden
Joined 04-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 29 September, 2006 - 08:48 am:   

Horniman has the most huggable turret in London, according the Time Out's guide to the top ten clock faces in London (27th September 2006).

"7. Most curvy
Horniman tower, Forest Hill, 1901
The beauty of Charles Townsend's graceful, art nouveau tower lies in its contradiction: decorated pinnacles give a whiff of medieval castle, but the rounded edges make it the most huggable turret you'll see."

For an unusual view of Horniman go to size=o
Joined 20-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 29 September, 2006 - 10:24 am:   

At the most recent full meeting of Lewisham Council on 20/09/06, a motion was put forward by myself and Cllr Hall, and this was passed by councillors, to support the funding status quo of the Horniman. That is, that the funding remains with the DMCS, and not transfer to the GLA. This is also the view of LBL as the local authority, and the DCMS has been written to in order to convey our support for keeping the Horniman funding with the DCMS, and not with the GLA.
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Friday, 29 September, 2006 - 11:15 am:   

Thanks Susan for your support for our Great Museum
Joined 04-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 10 November, 2006 - 09:14 pm:   

I just found a document from DCMS that has results of the consultation: 7A-4D82-A371-1C2BA5D1551F/0/SummaryofresptoMoLcons ult.pdf

130 responses (out of a total of 157) were solely concerned with the issue of the future sponsorship
of the Horniman Museum and Gardens.

Having considered the views of stakeholders concerning the sponsorship of the Horniman and
Geffrye museums, the Government has decided that responsibility for these two institutions shall
remain with DCMS.

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