Geffrye Museum

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  • The Geffrye explores the home and the way people live. Our collections show how homes have been used and furnished over the past 400 years, reflecting changes in society and behaviour as well as style, fashion and taste. A series of period rooms lead visitors on a walk through time from 17th century oak furniture and panelling, past muted Georgian elegance and eclectic Victorian style, to 20th century modernity and contemporary living.

    These rooms are complemented by a sequence of period gardens and a walled herb garden which illustrate the role of the garden in home life and how domestic gardens have changed over time.

    The Geffrye is a much-loved gem in the lively and creative Hoxton area – historically a centre for furniture-making and market gardening. Set in 18th-century almshouses and surrounded by gardens, it is often described as an oasis in the heart of the city.

    Older People

    The Geffrye offers a range of room talks, object handling, craft activities and reminiscence workshops to local older people’s groups. These activities take place either at the museum or through outreach sessions delivered at older people’s organisations. To keep up to date with ‘What’s on’ why not join our mailing list or for more information please contact Education Officer Laura Bedford by email

    Please view our leaflet, Advice for visiting the Geffrye Museum.

    Feeling at Home

    The Feeling at Home project aims to use the Geffrye’s buildings, collections and gardens to support vulnerable and isolated older people to live more active, sociable and enjoyable lives. Guided by an advisory panel made up of representatives from the local community, the project includes a programme of outreach, monthly tea parties delivered in partnership with Contact the Elderly and the Evergreen Gardeners club. The project is funded by City Bridge Trust.

    Find out more about Evergreen Gardeners here.

    Past Projects and Sessions

    Our older people’s sessions and projects cover a wide range of topics. Activities are free for local older people aged 50 and over, and have included talks, art and craft workshops, visits to the restored historic almshouse, photography and reminiscence sessions, creative writing workshops, dance workshops and cocktail parties! Click here to find out moreIn-depth projects are delivered both at the museum and in partnership with local older people’s organisations. Recent projects have included The Hidden Garden project delivered in partnership with the Sharp End and Holy Trinity Primary School, The Writers Club led by local award-winning author Donna Daley-Clarke, the My East End photography project delivered in partnership with Poplar Harca and, perhaps amongst the most successful, the Asian Women’s Arts, Crafts and Gardening Club originally set up in partnership with the Asian Women’s Advisory Service.