Geffrye Museum

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The Geffrye Museum of the Home
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Geffrye Museum façade
Geffrye Museum is located in Central London
Geffrye Museum
Location of the Geffrye Museum in London
Established 1914; 103 years ago (1914)
Location 136 Kingsland Road
London, E2
United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°31′54″N 0°04′36″W / 51.531742°N 0.076630°W / 51.531742; -0.076630
Visitors 120,000 (annually)
Director Sonia Solicari
Public transit access London Overground Hoxton
Website [1]

The Geffrye Museum of the Home is located in Shoreditch, London, the Museum explores home and home life 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] Surrounding the museum is a walled herb garden, and a series of period gardens which show how domestic gardens have changed over time, the herb and period gardens are open from 1 April to 31 October.

Inside the museum, 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.[3]

The many aspects of home are brought to life through an imaginative and inspirational programme of special exhibitions and events throughout the year,[4] 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.[5]

Several structures connected with the museum are listed on the National Heritage List for England. The main museum building is Grade I listed and the niche in the north west corner of the forecourt of the museum is listed Grade II*,[6][7] the forecourt wall, gates and railings to the museum are Grade II* listed, and the two K6 telephone boxes on the Kingsland Road outside the museum are listed Grade II.[8][9][10]

The museum has embarked on an ambitious £18.1m development project - Unlocking the Geffrye. The museum has raised £16.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, trusts and foundations and individuals and is actively fundraising the balance of £1.5m to make sure the project goes ahead. Click on the link to find out more about the Unlocking the Geffrye development project:

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


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