The Museum of the Home - see interiors change through the ages

Living History

The Museum of the Home - see interiors change through the ages

The Museum of the Home, based in Hoxton, London, has recently been redeveloped to allow more of its rich collection of domestic furnishings through British history to be displayed.

Formerly known as The Geffrye, the museum explores the many meanings of home from diverse perspectives. It is set in Grade-1 listed buildings surrounded by beautiful gardens in the heart of East London. A particular highlight has always been the succession of rooms furnished according to the tastes and requirements of different eras, including those of the late 20th century, such as the orange and brown obsessed furnishings of the 70s.

The museum also examines many primary features of our homes as they have changed during the ages, such as water provision, sanitation, furniture, entertainment, heating, and welcoming visitors. Temporary exhibitions and special events take place throughout the year, and there is a library and cafe.

The museum is housed in 18th-century Grade I-listed almshouses, formerly belonging to the Ironmongers' Company. These were built in 1714 thanks to a bequest by Sir Robert Geffrye, a merchant and slave trader who had served as Lord Mayor of London and Master of the Ironmongers' Company.

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