Skip to main content

Period rooms

A drawing room in 1830. Copyright Peter Dazeley. Photograph Peter Dazeley

A drawing room in 1830 - (c) Peter Dazeley, photography Peter Dazeley

The Geffrye's period rooms show how homes and home life have changed over time. The period rooms are not the actual living rooms of actual people, instead they show how styles and tastes have evolved in the past four hundred years.

The eleven period rooms are presented chronologically, starting in 1600 and concluding at the end of the 20th century. A short introduction illustrates a typical town house of the time, the type of furniture and furnishings and the main changes in the style of English homes. Visitors are invited to sit on a replica chair in each of these introductory displays, in order to get more comfortable with each century!

In the 17th and 18th centuries the people who lived in these types of homes would typically have been merchants, financiers, doctors and lawyers. By the 19th century, they would have included people working in business and manufacturing. Now, people living in these homes could work in a diverse range of sectors, including finance, architecture and the creative industries.

Follow the links below to find out more about each of the period rooms or click to explore the Virtual Tour or 360 panoramas.


Hall, 1630
Parlour, 1695
Parlour, 1745
Parlour, 1790
   
Drawing room, 1830
Drawing room, 1870
Drawing room, 1890
Drawing room, 1910

   
Living room, 1935
Living room, 1965
Loft style apartment, 1998

A living room in 1935 (detail) photography Jayne Lloyd

A living room in 1935 (detail) - photography Jayne Lloyd

The Geffrye's period rooms show how homes and home life have changed over time. The eleven rooms are presented chronologically, from the 17th century to the end of the 20th century, and show how styles and tastes have evolved in the past four hundred years.