Geffrye Museum

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The Geffrye Museum of the Home
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Geffrye Museum is located in Central London
Geffrye Museum
Location of the Geffrye Museum in London
Established 1914; 102 years ago (1914)
Location 136, Kingsland Road,
Shoreditch, London
Coordinates 51°31′54″N 0°04′36″W / 51.531742°N 0.076630°W / 51.531742; -0.076630
Visitors 103,000 a year
Director David Dewing
Website [1]

Founded in 1914, the Geffrye Museum explores the home from 1600 to the present day.[1] Named after Sir Robert Geffrye, a former Lord Mayor of London and Master of the Ironmongers' Company, it is located on Kingsland Road in Shoreditch, London. The museum is set in beautiful 18th-century Grade I-listed almshouses of the Ironmongers' Company, built in 1714 thanks to a bequest by Sir Robert Geffrye.[2] The museum was extended in 1998 with an innovative yet architecturally sympathetic new wing designed by Branson Coates Architects.[3] Surrounding the museum is a walled herb garden, created in 1993, and a series of period gardens which show how domestic gardens have changed over the last 400 years. The herb and period gardens are open from 1 April to 31 October.

Evocative displays of London, middle-class living rooms and gardens illustrate homes and home life through the centuries, reflecting changes in society, behaviour, style and taste.[4]

The many aspects of home are brought to life through an imaginative and inspirational programme of special exhibitions and events throughout the year.[5] The museum's popular Christmas Past exhibition is held annually each winter, with the eleven period rooms authentically decorated for the season.

In addition, the museum's restored 18th-century almshouse, taken back to its original condition and offering a rare glimpse into the lives of London's poor and elderly in the 1780s and 1880s, is open to the public on specific days.[6]

In May 2015, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the Geffrye Museum a grant of £11m to support its exciting plans to develop the museum for the future. The museum is now actively fundraising the balance of £4m. Click on the link to find out more about the Unlocking the Geffrye development project: http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/aboutus/unlocking-the-geffrye/

Service Station/Stop Lines/Routes served
London Buses London Buses Hoxton Station / Geffrye Museum Handicapped/disabled access 67, 149, 242, 243, 394
London Overground London Underground Hoxton Handicapped/disabled access London Overground

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geffrye Museum
  2. ^ Paula Deitz, 'A Furnished Time Machine', in The New York Times, 13 March 1988
  3. ^ Ian McCurrach, 'Days Out: The Geffrye Museum, Shoreditch, London' in The Independent (London newspaper), 15 October 2006
  4. ^ Geffrye Museum
  5. ^ Geffrye Museum
  6. ^ Geffrye Museum

External links[edit]

Media related to Geffrye Museum at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°31′54.26″N 00°04′34.39″W / 51.5317389°N 0.0762194°W / 51.5317389; -0.0762194