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Special events

Swing Your Heart Out!

Thursdays 20 April and 18 May

These events have unfortunately been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to welcome you to a future event very soon.

The Art of Batik

Sunday 9 April, 2 - 4.30pm. Tickets £23

Batik workshop

Create striking textile designs using the ancient art of Batik with community artist Rhian Sutcliffe. Suitable for all ages, under 14s to be accompanied by an adult.

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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.

Book tickets here.

The Key, the Secret: powered by Pecha Kucha

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

An evening of fast and fascinating presentations by a mix of inspiring speakers based on the popular Japanese talk format. 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.

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 6 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 Be Gin!

A celebration of all things Gin, this special evening includes talks on the craft of distilling, drinking songs, cocktail masterclasses, lessons on gin pairings and of course, lots of gin to taste! 

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Lotions and Potions

Saturday 20 May, 1 - 4.30pm. Tickets £16, £13 concessions

Sprigs of lavender in the Geffrye Museum herb garden

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

Book tickets here.

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. 


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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