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Collections

The Geffrye collects objects, images and texts in order to explore the history of English homes from 1600 to the present day. Some of the individual artefacts are of national importance, but the real significance of the collection lies in its extensive coverage of the material culture of the home.

Set of three nesting tables, c1935-40Explore our collections A parlour in 1695 at the Geffrye MuseumLife in the living room A set of pearlware custards pots on a trayCollections news Library and Archive at the Geffrye MuseumLibrary and Archive

If you have an enquiry about the collections or are interested in donating photographs of your home to the museum, please send an email to curatorial@geffrye-museum.org.uk. For information on using images from our collection please contact the Picture Library or visit Geffrye Images.  A selection of our paintings and prints are also available here.

The Geffrye's rich collections explore the history of English homes over the past 400 years. They include household goods, such as furniture, wallpaper and paintings, and fascinating library and archive material, from decorating manuals and recipe books to photographs of real homes.

Set of three nesting tables, c1935-40Explore our collections A parlour in 1695 at the Geffrye MuseumLife in the living room Jim and Jane Turner, 1962-63 from Documenting Homes collectionImages of real homes
A set of pearlware custards pots on a trayCollections news Conference and research at the GeffryeResearch Library and Archive at the Geffrye MuseumLibrary and Archive