Friday, March 9, 2018

The Geffrye Museum of the Home

Friday, March 9, 2018

Ornamental glass lustres c. 1880
Caughley Tea Service c. 1780
Loretta reports:

Instead of the usual Friday video, I’m offering a tour of the Geffrye Museum of the Home, which my husband and I visited during our time in London. The draw for me was the series of period rooms.

As Susan and I have often lamented, it’s much easier to find paintings and prints of exteriors than interiors. The Geffrye offers a chance to view some interiors and, especially, to notice the way home life changed over time. These aren’t the homes of aristocrats, but, with the exception of the almshouses, of well-off families of the professional classes.

With the museum closed for development until 2020, I invite you to check out the panoramas and the virtual tour offered on the website—which I supplement with these photographs from our visit.

Photographs by Walter M. Henritze
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Liz said...

Thanks for this. I just watched, last night on Youtube, Lucy Worsley's 3-part documentary "If Walls Could Talk", on the history of the living room, the bathroom, the bedroom (the most interesting), and the kitchen in Britain. Fascinating stuff.

Cynthia P said...

I had a visit to the Geffrye Museum planned as part of my upcoming visit to London and was SO looking forward to it, for exactly the reasons you described. However I learned last week that it the Geffrye is closed for the next two years (!!) for a major renovation. The museum and period rooms won't reopen until sometime in the spring of 2020. You can see the details on their website.

nurmihusa said...

The Geffrye has always been a great place to visit. It’ll be exciting to find out what the redevelopment does! In the meantime, if you want to experience period rooms try the Dennis Severs House in Spitalfields. Especially a night tour by candlelight!!!

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