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Special events

Bees and Tea

Saturday 22 April, 12 - 4pm. This event is now sold out.

Saturday 27 May, 12 - 4pm. Tickets: £40, £35 concessions

Barnes & Webb beekeepers at the Geffrye
Learn the basics of keeping bees with urban beekeepers Barnes & Webb, visit the Geffrye hives, then enjoy a honey-based afternoon tea in the café overlooking the gardens.

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The Key, the Secret: powered by Pecha Kucha

Thursday 27 April, door open 6pm, talks from 7pm. Bar open. Tickets: £8

Pecha Kucha

An evening of fast and fascinating presentations by a mix of inspiring speakers based on the popular Japanese talk format. Speakers include Sonia Solicari, Director of the Geffrye Museum, Massimo Casagrande, designer and lecturer, Charlotte Abrahams, freelance design writer and curator and Pip Jamieson, founder and CEO of The Dots.
Each person has just six minutes to present twenty images.

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Second Sitters take over the Geffrye during London Craft Week

Tuesday 2 - Sunday 21 May, 10am - 5pm. Free

Second Sitters

Second Sitters – practising upholsterers Hannah Stanton and Jude Dennis - will stage a ‘take over’ of the Geffrye Museum in May, time-lining the evolution, ups and downs and new revolution within the craft from upholder (archaic term for upholsterer) to the present day. Live working and workshops will run alongside the main exhibition and there will be a panel discussion.

Live Working Demonstration (sponsored by SCP, East London’s leading design store) 

Saturday 6 May, between 10am - 5pm. Drop-in, free.

SCP’s upholstery factory Coakley & Cox Ltd will upholster their iconic Matthew Hilton Balzac chair frame live over the course of the morning. Throughout the day, featured upholsterers from the show will use identical Balzac frames as blank canvasses to upholster in their own unique style. Completed chairs will then be on display for the remainder of the exhibition.

Traditional Upholstery Workshop with Mick Sheridan
Saturday 20 May, 10am - 5pm. Tickets £100 (including materials). Suitable for complete beginners.

Upholster a milking stool to take home, using traditional materials and techniques. Each stool is handmade using reclaimed ash and will be finished using a selection of Welsh woollen fabrics from Melin Tregwynt.

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Caning Workshop with Rachael South 

Tuesday 9 May, 10am-5pm. Tickets £75 (includes all materials). Suitable for beginners. 

Learn the traditional 6-way woven pattern used in chair caning and practise on a small frame to take away with you. Rachael South, a third generation caner and seatweaver, will also give an overview of the materials and a history of the craft and its applications. 

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Late Night at the Geffrye: Let the Good Times Be Gin!

Friday 19 May, 6 - 10.30pm. Tickets £5

Let the good times beGin

A celebration of all things Gin, this special evening includes raucous drinking songs, talks on the craft of distilling, cocktail masterclasses, lessons on how to grow your own cocktail ingredients, a bit of historical gin learning and of course, lots of gin to drink! The museums galleries, gardens and exhibitions will all be open throughout the night and we will also be joined by several of London’s hottest street food traders, providing delicious carbs to soak up the booze, so you can have another gin…

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Lotions and Potions

Saturday 20 May, 1 - 4.30pm. This event has now sold out.

Sprigs of lavender in the Geffrye Museum herb garden

Make your own sweet smelling herbal concoctions including hand lotion, shampoo and soap.

View our garden tours here.

Celebrating Chelsea Fringe.

Celebrating Age Weekender

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June, 12 - 5pm

Clive - Breadmaking masterclass - part of GrandFest

A whole weekend of activities celebrating older people at the museum including the Cultivators Radio broadcast on Saturday and GrandFest on Sunday. 

These two days are hosted by The Feeling at Home project which uses the museum’s buildings, collections and gardens to support the wellbeing of older adults. Funded by City Bridge Trust, programming includes monthly tea parties, the Evergreen Gardeners club, and sessions delivered offsite at local older people’s services. 

Fright Nights London: Geffrye Museum Ghost Hunt

Saturday 29 July 9pm - 3am. Tickets £55

Fright Night at the Geffrye Museum

With reports of spirits and ghosts seen in the chapel & basement, what will our investigation uncover?

The night begins with a tour of the building with our psychic medium who will relay to you their senses and feelings about the location, but also will encourage the ghosts and spirits of the location to communicate! You will then be split into small vigil groups in the most haunted areas of the location where you will use ghost hunting equipment or try our psychic experiments such as glass moving or table tipping! Activities are provided throughout the night with the hope of experiencing paranormal activity in one of the most haunted buildings in London. Full use of Ghost Hunting and Psychic equipment will be provided as well as hot refreshments through the night.

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You can view all of our other events in our online calendar

Swing Your Heart Out!

Thursday 20 April. Dance class: 6.30 - 8pm Tickets: £5. Social dance: 8 - 10.30pm Tickets: £10. Combined ticket option: £13

Put on your dancing shoes and come along to a Swing extravaganza at the Geffrye! Take part in a class then show off your moves to live music by the renowned London Dance Orchestra.

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