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Unlocking the Geffrye

Cross section of the new development

The new Geffrye Museum development - cross section of the main museum building

Unlocking the Geffrye - our plans for the future

We want to open up the Geffrye for all our visitors and the local community by developing our existing buildings, creating new spaces and safeguarding the museum for future generations. Unlocking the Geffrye will enhance everyone's experience with improved access, new galleries and larger collections.

We’re delighted to announce that Hackney Council approved our development plans in July 2016. We’ve been thrilled by the support received so far for the project, so thank you.

With planning granted, we now need to raise the rest of the funds for this ambitious £15m project. So far we have secured £12.7m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, trusts and foundations and individuals. Please help us to raise the balance of £2.3m to ensure the project goes ahead. 

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You can donate:

· Online at justgiving

· By texting GEFF10 £5 to 70070

· By calling 020 7749 6024

· By post to Development, The Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA.

Come along to the museum to see a display and an architect’s model – please tell us what you think of our plans when you visit or complete a short survey at or email

Read more here 

Read the latest press release

See images of our proposed plans

Feedback received so far from visitors, local residents and Friends includes:

  • ‘I have lived in the area since 1978 and love the Geffrye Museum, and I think the new plans are fantastic. I look forward to coming more often and enjoying the gardens and the exhibitions’. Local resident
  • ‘I think that the plans for the museum are great! It’s a lovely set out space and wish the experience was a little longer. Think the new entrance will be positive addition and will attract more attention to the space.’ A first-time visitor
  • ‘I’m a teacher at a local primary school and bring school groups here regularly. The improved access and pathways around the museum, plus the extra museum / gallery space will enhance and extend the learning opportunities and experiences our children can have here.’
  • ‘Very exciting to see this alternative plan and to see the possibilities of thinking vertically – which will clearly provide some delightful, and practical, new space.’ Friend of the Geffrye 

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