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; 104 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 on Kingsland Road in Shoreditch, London. The Museum explores home and home life from 1600 to the present day with a series of period room displays.[1] It is housed in 18th-century Grade I-listed almshouses formerly belonging to the Ironmongers' Company[2] which were built in 1714 thanks to a bequest by Sir Robert Geffrye, a former Lord Mayor of London and Master of the Ironmongers' Company.[3] On 7 January 2018 the Geffrye closed for its two-year £18m development project, Unlocking the Geffrye. The museum is due to reopen in early 2020.[4]

Until the recent closure, the main permanent displays were a series of room settings furnished and decorated to show the main living spaces and elements of domestic life through the centuries, reflecting changes in society, behaviour, style and taste.[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]


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. ^ "The Geffrye Museum of the Home". 
  2. ^ Haslam, Kathy (2005). A History of the Geffrye Almshouses. London: Geffrye Museum. ISBN 1872828108. 
  3. ^ Hunting, Penelope (2013). Riot and Revolution: Sir Robert Geffery 1613-1704. London: Riot and Revolution: Sir Robert Geffery 1613-1704. ISBN 1872828140. 
  4. ^ "Unlocking the Geffrye". The Geffrye Museum of the Home. 
  5. ^ Geffrye Museum
  6. ^ Historic England, "Niche in the north west corner of the forecourt of the museum (1265687)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 July 2017 
  7. ^ Historic England, "Geffrye Museum (1226772)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 July 2017 
  8. ^ Historic England, "Forecourt wall, gates and railings to the Geffrye Museum (1265688)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 July 2017 
  9. ^ Historic England, "K6 telephone kiosk, outside Geffrye Museum (1235680)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 July 2017 
  10. ^ Historic England, "K6 telephone kiosk, outside Geffrye Museum (1235681)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 July 2017 

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