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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, c1935-40 A parlour in 1695 at the Geffrye Museum Jim and Jane Turner, 1962-63 from Documenting Homes collection
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A set of pearlware custards pots on a tray Conference and research at the Geffrye Library and Archive at the Geffrye Museum
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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 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.