25/06/2010

Victorian Conservatory Inspiration

If you are looking for a day out, let me recommend to you the Horniman Museum, because if you pay it a visit you’ll also see a wonderful Grade II listed conservatory.This Victorian cast iron Conservatory was originally built at the Horniman family house at Coombe Cliffe, Croydon, in 1894 for Victorian tea trader Frederick John Horniman and contained his collection of natural history, cultural artefacts and musical instruments.

Unfortunately, by 1982, it had fallen into disrepair and the structure was totally dismantled and moved to its current site where it was beautifully restored with the help of English Heritage. It was re-opened in 1988 and is now used for performances, workshops and as a function room.

Today the museum contains the Centre for Understanding the Environment building opened in 1996 it has a grass roof and is constructed from sustainable materials.

The museum is surrounded by 16 acres of gardens that include a bandstand, ornamental gardens, a small animal enclosure and a nature trail. So there’s something for the whole family to do and enjoy.

You can find the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill, South London.