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Horniman Museum & Gardens

The Horniman Museum & Gardens' ethnographic collection comprises approximately 80,000 objects from around the world and includes material of both major national and international significance.

The core of the Pacific collections was assembled under the guidance of Alfred Cort Haddon, Advisory Curator of the museum between 1903 and 1915, and contains material from the region's three sub-areas: Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Although consisting of only some 3,000 objects, the Pacific collections are distinguished by the particularly fine quality of the objects and the important source collections from which many of them were derived.

The museum's Fijian collection can be attributed to many different collectors, amongst them Sir Everand Im Thurn (Governor of Fiji 1904-1911), James Edge-Partington (voyaged to the Pacific between 1879-1881) and James S Udal (Attorney-General in Fiji 1889-1901). As in other collaborating museums on this project, Fijian material was included in the Horniman's founding collection, bought on the London market by Frederick Horniman in the late nineteenth century and gifted to the museum in 1897.

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