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12 March 2013

See the Horniman Walrus

Certainly the most famous animal in South London's Horniman Museum and possibly the most famous walrus in Britain, the Horniman Walrus was brought to these shores by Victorian hunter James Hubbard, who 'collected' it from Hudson Bay in Canada.

We are told that it was first exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1886 and has been at the museum  since 1901. The walrus - which even has its own twitter parody account -
is off for a well-earned seaside break in the summer, when it is to be exhibited at the Turner Contemporary in Margate as part of the travelling Curiosity: Art & The Pleasures of Knowing exhibition.

For more, see http://www.horniman.ac.uk/collections/browse-our-collections/object/190371

^Picture © clogsilk used under a Creative Commons license^

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