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The Horniman Museum and Gardens and Trinity Laban have been working together on exciting projects since 2009

Object in Focus: Tales of Ammonites and Fossils

Storytelling with Olivia Armstrong from the Horniman Museum and Gardens.

Object in Focus: The Amazing World of Ammonites

Talk by Dr Emma Nicholls, Deputy Keeper of Natural History at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. Read more from Dr Nicholls as she talks about her love of palaeontology and what we know about ammonites.

Dr Emma Nicholls on paleontology and ammonites

Be inspired, get creative

Try out these ammonite inspired creative activities activities at home. Suitable for all ages. Before doing so, please read our disclaimer.

After you’ve explored our activities, join the Trinity Laban Object in Focus Challenge! Show us how these fabulous fossils have inspired you! Get creative and share your dance, music, artwork or writing with us. Don’t forget to tag us in your photo or short video on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using #objectinfocuschallenge

Want to learn more? Read Dr Emma Nicholls article on The sorcery of palaeontology and an exploration of ammonites on the Horniman website.

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Tamasha: Indian Summer / 2017

A day of music, performances, demonstrations, workshops, markets and activities as we began our Indian Summer.

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Festival of Dance Summer / 2019

Summer 2019 marked the 10th anniversary Trinity Laban have worked in partnership with the Horniman Museum. The celebrations reflected on a decade of collaboration, exploration and community togetherness with pop-up performances and family workshops in and around the museum and gardens, flash mobs and commissions from professional artists. The programme was inspired by the Object in Focus, a pair of anthropomorphic Stilt steps from Marquesas, Oceania, drawing on themes of ceremony, linear motifs and activities of recreation.

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Festa Julina: Brazilian Summer / 2016

A large-scale family event with 7000 people attending on one day. This event including professional and participatory performances. 

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Curious Tea Party / 2014

A large-scale event over 2 days with 10,000 attending over the weekend. This interdisciplinary arts event included performances from many of our programmes led by the Learning and Participation team. Our Youth Programme and Retired Not Tired participants were featured in this event.

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Big Dance Picnic / 2012

This was the first major event that emerged from BIG Dance funding. Trinity Laban's Learning and Participation: Dance team was the main event producer, supported by the Horniman Museum. The event was inspired by a photographic exhibition in the museum.

Horniman's Curious Tea Party

An interdisciplinary arts event in 2014

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Symposium: Dance and Museums

Funded by Arts Council England, Dance and Museums looked at examples of cross arts working, such as dance exhibits in museums, using museum space for dance, and working with museums on joint projects.

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Object Hosting

Every year, we feature an object selected from the Horniman Museum. Placed on the ramp in the Laban Building, it inspires some of the programming at the Horniman Museum and Garden’s Summer Festivals, including commissioned work and participatory opportunities and performances.



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Contact Us

For more information, please contact Laura Woods at l.woods@trinitylaban.ac.uk


Africa Dance!

Opening Event / 2015

A large-scale family event with 3000 people attending on one day.

This interdisciplinary arts event included performances from many of our programmes led by the Learning and Participation team.

Our Youth Programme, CAT, Adult classes and Retired Not Tired participants were featured in this event.

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