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Older People

Access and Outreach

Older people's projects at the Geffrye Museum

The Geffrye offers a range of room talks, object handling, craft activities and reminiscence workshops to local older people’s groups. These activities take place either at the museum or through outreach sessions delivered at older people’s organisations. To keep up to date with ‘What’s on’ why not join our mailing list or for more information please see the programme or contact Education Officer Laura Bedford by email

Evergreen Gardeners

Gulbenkian Gardening project at the Geffrye

In January 2012 the Geffrye (supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) began a gardening and arts project for older people with additional needs and their carers. Using the museum gardens as inspiration, the project aims to encourage lifelong learning, reconnect people with the natural world and contribute to each individual’s sense of well-being. Sessions take place at the museum and are led and supported by specialist staff. Activities are carefully designed so they are accessible for people with physical and sensory disabilities; content is varied from planting, growing and baking to ceramics, printing and organised trips. During 2013, the project has expanded to include a community outreach programme; this will enable us to widen our work with older people who are unable to visit the museum. 

To view the project gallery click here, to see a film of the project click here, to read the project evaluation report click here,  to see the project recipe book click here and to view further project images click here.

Find out more about the Evergreen Gardeners here.

For information about the project contact Education Officer Laura Bedford:

Past Projects and Sessions

Older people's project at the Geffrye Museum

Our older people’s sessions and projects cover a wide range of topics. Activities are free for local older people aged 50 and over, and have included talks, art and craft workshops, visits to the restored historic almshouse, photography and reminiscence sessions, creative writing workshops, dance workshops and cocktail parties! Click here to find out more. In-depth projects are delivered both at the museum and in partnership with local older people’s organisations. Recent projects have included The Hidden Garden project delivered in partnership with the Sharp End and Holy Trinity Primary School, The Writers Club led by local award-winning author Donna Daley-Clarke, the My East End photography project delivered in partnership with Poplar Harca and, perhaps amongst the most successful, the Asian Women’s Arts, Crafts and Gardening Club originally set up in partnership with the Asian Women’s Advisory Service.