The Geffrye Museum, London

Wednesday 17 June 2015

Last week Ainsley and I made our first visit down to the Geffrye Museum. I always thought of it as much further east, but it's actually right next to Hoxton station - you can even see straight into the gardens as the train pulls in. The Geffrye is the 'museum of the home', featuring period reconstructions of the main rooms used by families and their guests from 1600 to the present. The museum is set in beautiful Victorian almshouses (one holding the museum collection, the other restored to its original condition), covered in ivy and creeping plants - a real little haven in the midst of the city. To the side, the gardens are set up to show how the domestic garden has changed over the centuries, and we made the most of the sunshine wandering about and having a look at all the roses which are in full bloom at the moment. We didn't have time to see the current exhibition, which explores homelessness in the Victorian era, but it's a snip at £5 (or even cheaper depending on concession) so I'm hoping to go back for a look around, as I'd especially like to see the display of work from young people experiencing homelessness today - and I'm pretty keen to try out the cafe, too. It's a lovely place to spend a few hours (even if you're only sitting in the front gardens, as many people were when we visited!)

FIND THE GEFFRYE MUSEUM AT: 136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London E2 8EA

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