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Talks and tours

Free Lunchtime talks

Health and Home in the 18th and 19th centuries

Friday 12 May, 1pm

Join our curators to find out how people kept their homes clean and healthy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


Second Sitters Panel Discussion: Upholstery: a Sustainable Future

Thursday 18 May, 2.30 - 3.30pm. Tickets £5​

Second Sitters

Hosted by design journalist Katie Treggiden the panel will consist of makers and industry professionals discussing the issues around design, upholstery, sustainability and the circular economy.

Panelists include: Corinne Webb - Frame and Cover founder and director, Tim Cox - Managing Director of Coakley and Cox Ltd., Alex Law - Kent School of Upholstery, and Ella Doran - award winning designer-entrepreneur, Ella Doran Studio.

​Panel Discussion kindly sponsored by Short Courses at The Cass, London Metropolitan University.

Book tickets here. View more Second Sitters events here.


Spring Garden Tour

Blossoms and Blooms

Wednesday 24 May, 2 - 3pm. Free

Period gardens at the Geffrye

Enjoy our period gardens at one of their most lovely times of year in this walk and talk with the Geffrye gardeners.

Celebrating Chelsea Fringe.


Almshouse Open Afternoon: London History Day

Wednesday 31 May, 1 - 4pm. Drop-in. Free

A 1780s almshouse interior at the Geffrye Museum

Explore one of the Geffrye’s 18th- century almshouses which has been fully restored to its original condition, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of London's poor and elderly in former times.

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, a maximum of 16 people will be permitted at a time. Last entry at 3.45pm.


Centenary Celebrations Tours

Sunday 21 September. Tours start at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.  Free.

The Geffrye Museum's centenary tours - photography Jayne Lloyd

Centenary Celebrations tour - photography Jayne Lloyd

Join our Young Volunteer Guides for an interactive tour of the Centenary Celebrations display in the gardens and a chance to explore the restored almshouse.

Places are limited: first-come, first-served 10 minutes before each tour.

Centenary Celebrations Tours

Sunday 21 September. Tours start at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.  Free.

The Geffrye Museum's centenary tours - photography Jayne Lloyd

Centenary Celebrations tour - photography Jayne Lloyd

Join our Young Volunteer Guides for an interactive tour of the Centenary Celebrations display in the gardens and a chance to explore the restored almshouse.

Places are limited: first-come, first-served 10 minutes before each tour.