Christmas Past at the Geffrye

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A living room in 1965 © Geffrye Museum/Chris Ridley

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Geffrye Museum

A living room in 1935 © Geffrye Museum/Steve Speller

 (© Geffrye Museum / James O'Davies)
© Geffrye Museum / James O'Davies

A living room in 1935 (detail)

 (© Steve Speller)
© Steve Speller
 (© Geffrye Museum / Steve Spiller)
© Geffrye Museum / Steve Spiller

A 1998 room

 (© Geffrye Museum / Jane Lloyd)
© Geffrye Museum / Jane Lloyd

A room in 1830 (detail)


Christmas Past: A drawing room in 1830 © Geffrye Museum/Chris Ridley

 (© Geffrye Museum / Jane Lloyd)
© Geffrye Museum / Jane Lloyd

A drawing room in 1910 (detail)

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A drawing room in 1870 © Geffrye Museum/Chris Ridley

Get an eyeful of 1930s paisley upholstery and see how Brits set a Christmas table back in 1965 at the Geffrye. The ‘museum of the home’ is closing for two years in January, so make the most of the curtain-twitching while you can. Find out more here


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This is the third time I have visited Christmas Past and I cannot recommend it enough. Quite honestly the exhibit of homes through the ages is pretty fulfilling enough as a wonderful historical tour, even without the added Christmas decorations and facts, but hey, if you're going to go, you may as well come at this magical time of year.

Adding to the great tour and points of interest is the fact that The Geffrye Museum has a wonderful Christmas tree out front, a lovely selections of gifts in its shop and the lovely building looks wonderfully atmospheric as the night drawers in.

If you've friends in town, then you've come to the right place for a lovely Christmassy wander. You can also arm yourself with a whole load of facts to share with family around the dinner table on the day itself.