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Exhibitions and displays

Christmas Past: 400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Homes

Open now until Sunday 8 January 2017. Free

A Hall in 1630 at Christmas Past at the Geffrye photographed by Jayne Lloyd

Each year, authentic festive decorations, lighting, music and greenery transform the Geffrye’s period rooms, giving visitors an evocative insight into how Christmas has been celebrated in middle-class homes in England over the past 400 years. Step back through the centuries and discover the origins and meanings of some of the rich and vibrant traditions of Christmas past, from feasting, dancing and kissing under the mistletoe to playing parlour games, hanging up stockings, sending cards, decorating the tree and throwing cocktail parties.

View our Christmas Past press release. View our Christmas Past gallery. See our full programme of Christmas events. Send a festive e-card.


Teenage Bedrooms: 'like a house inside of a house'

Now until March 2017 

Teenage Bedrooms - Kyna Gourley

Photograph by Kyna Gourley as part of a PhD research project by Carey Newson. This bedroom belonged to Georgia who was aged 15 at the time of the study. (c) Kyna Gourley

This display steps inside the homes of 26 London teenagers to explore the meaning and significance of contemporary teenage bedrooms. Within the home the teenage bedroom can be a space apart, described by one participant in this study as “like a house inside of a house”.

Teenage bedrooms is guest curated by Carey Newson, an ESRC-funded doctoral researcher from the Centre for Studies of Home – a partnership between the Geffrye and Queen Mary, University of London. The photography is by Kyna Gourley. The project is supported by the Centre for Public Engagement, Queen Mary, University of London.

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