Museum’s director on how its epic anthropology collection fulfils its founder’s brief to “bring the world to Forest Hill”

The Horniman Museum’s new director is surrounded by more than 3,000 objects collected over a century ago to show the English how fascinating, different and frankly weird the rest of the world was, but the object he loves most was made in the past year.

The “eco-warrior’s helmet”, covered in spikes of sea shells, was created by the New Zealand artist Chris Charteris as an emblem of the resourcefulness of the Kiribati nation, whose archipelago homes are imminently threatened by climate change and rising sea levels.

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