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There’s something fitting about the idea of a museum in Hoxton being dedicated to the ‘middling’ classes. The Geffrye Museum’s buildings and gardens were built in 1714 as almshouses for the elderly and destitute, but when its surrounding area became increasingly populated the poor pensioners had to be moved out. Fortunately the site was bought by the London City Council and soon joined the list of museums in London exactly 200 years after being built. The Geffrye has since developed into a series of lovely displays portraying domestic interiors of decades past. Come in, pull up a chair and flick through seven objects that you have to find next time you visit.
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