Geffrye Museum

The Museum of the Home is located in the Geffrye Almshouses on Kingsland Road in the Hoxton area of Shoreditch, London. The Museum was formerly the Geffrye Museum of the Home [1]. It explores home and home life from 1600 to the present day with a series of period room displays.[2] It is housed in 18th-century Grade I-listed almshouses formerly belonging to the Ironmongers' Company[3] 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.[4] On 7 January 2018 the Museum closed for its two-year £18m development project, Unlocking the Geffrye. The Museum is due to reopen in summer 2020.[5]

Museum of the Home
Museum façade
Location of the Museum of the Home in London
Established1914 (1914)
LocationGeffrye Almshouses
136 Kingsland Road
London, E2
United Kingdom
Coordinates51.531742°N 0.076630°W / 51.531742; -0.076630
Visitors120,000 (annually)
DirectorSonia Solicari
Public transit access Hoxton
WebsiteMuseum of the Home

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.[6]

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*.[7][8] 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.[9][10][11]

ServiceStation/StopLines/Routes served
London Buses Hoxton Station / Geffrye Museum 67, 149, 242, 243, 394
London Overground Hoxton London Overground

References

  1. "Geffrye to reopen as Museum of the Home after £18m overhaul". The Guardian.
  2. "Museum of the Home".
  3. Haslam, Kathy (2005). A History of the Geffrye Almshouses. London: Geffrye Museum. ISBN 1872828108.
  4. Hunting, Penelope (2013). Riot and Revolution: Sir Robert Geffery 1613–1704. London: Riot and Revolution: Sir Robert Geffery 1613–1704. ISBN 1872828140.
  5. "About the development". Museum of the Home.
  6. "About the museum". Museum of the Home.
  7. Historic England, "Niche in the north west corner of the forecourt of the museum (1265687)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 July 2017
  8. Historic England, "Geffrye Museum (1226772)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 July 2017
  9. Historic England, "Forecourt wall, gates and railings to the Geffrye Museum (1265688)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 July 2017
  10. Historic England, "K6 telephone kiosk, outside Geffrye Museum (1235680)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 July 2017
  11. Historic England, "K6 telephone kiosk, outside Geffrye Museum (1235681)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 July 2017

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