Housed in a set of 18th-century almshouses, the Geffrye Museum offers a vivid physical history of the English interior. Displaying original furniture, paintings, textiles and decorative arts, the museum recreates a sequence of typical middle-class living rooms from 1600 to the present. It’s an oddly interesting way to take in domestic history, with any number of intriguing details to catch your eye- from a bell jar of stuffed birds to a particular decorative flourish on a chair. There’s an airy restaurant overlooking the lovely gardens, which include a walled plot for herbs and a chronological series in different historical styles.
This is the current room display. A living room in 1935.
|Venue name:||Geffrye Museum||Contact:|
136 Kingsland Rd
|Opening hours:||Tue- Sun 10am-5pm; Bank Holiday Mondays 10am-5pm|
|Price:||Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions|
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Homes of the Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London
Victorian London wasn't all top hats, horsedrawn carriages and comfortable, dolls-house style homes. A huge number of Londoners struggled to keep a roof over their heads, renting a single room – or just a bed – in a building shared with strangers. Others...Tuesday May 5 2015 - Sunday July 12 2015Read more
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Give Me Shelter! Half-term at The Geffrye
A week of activities exploring different types of shelters, inspired by the museum's exhibition 'Homes of the Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London'. Sessions include making a family of peg puppet people and a home for them to live in (Tuesday...Tuesday May 26 2015 - Friday May 29 2015 FreeRead more
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Ceramics in the City
The annual exhibition of contemporary ceramics returns to the Geffrye, with some 50 potters showing their work to sell at prices starting from a very reasonable £10. The pieces range from purely decorative to lamps and tableware. Demonstrations and talks...Thursday September 24 2015 - Saturday September 26 2015 FreeRead more
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This is a wonderful museum - it's pretty much the nearest you can get to walking through history. Each of the rooms have modern reproductions of the furniture and textiles of the time, so instead of seeing furniture from 100s of years ago as it looks now, you see it as it would have looked then (which is different from how I had imagined) and see rooms how people would have lived in them.