The vibrant nature of London is what brings so many people back to the city year after year. Its acceptance and celebration of different cultures, tastes and ideas is the reason why so many tourists choose to spend their time exploring London’s cultural districts. There’s one place, in particular, that perfectly captures the cultural and artistic history of London however – the beautiful Geffrye Museum.
The museum can be found in a manor house which has been transformed into a cultural time capsule. Just a short journey from Shoreditch London, the Geffrye Museum is where you’ll find everything from gorgeous gardens to historic exhibits. Many of the rooms in the house have been designed and preserved to represent living conditions in different eras, creating a timeline of London through the centuries. Here are some of the things that we think make the Geffrye Museum such a great stop on your travels through London.
Library and Archive
The archive at the Geffrye Museum features an extensive collection of historical documents and writings from centuries ago. Stretching as far back as the medieval period, the library contains manuscripts and publications that can’t be viewed anywhere else in the world. Browse hundreds of books from different time periods which cover topics from housing and interior design to culture and social theory. During your stay at the M By Montcalm Shoreditch, we highly recommend you check out the Geffrye Museum archive for a unique opportunity to explore time and soak up a lot of cultural knowledge.
Documenting Homes Collection
The idea behind this collection of photographic material was to create a timeline of London through the ages and illustrate the type of housing and living conditions in London throughout history. It’s amazing to see the way housing has changed over the years and this is a great opportunity for you to learn about the advancements in architectural design and many improvements in living conditions. The collection features hundreds of photos of houses from all over London and further afield in the UK.
Twentieth Century Furniture
From the dawn of the 20th century up until the year 1999, there were more changes in fashion and advancements in technology than ever before. The decades of the twentieth century saw the rise and fall of the most iconic fashion fads and design trends in history. From post-Victorian 20s arm chairs to groovy 60s sofas, the Geffrye Museum’s furniture collection features the most iconic interior design trends from the last 100 years. See how homes were decorated generations ago and learn how those designs have influenced today’s trends.
If you’re a fan of gardening or you just want a little peace and quiet during your trip to London, take a stroll through the gardens at the Geffrye Museum and check out some of the gorgeous greenery and beautiful plant life. This particular section of the gardens has been designed to create an accurate representation of urban London gardens from as far back as the 17th century, giving you the chance to see how gardeners of the past did things.