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Future exhibitions and displays

Homes of the Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London

Tuesday 24 March - Sunday 12 July 2015. Admission £5 / £3 concessions.

Detail of The Pinch of Poverty by Thomas Benjamin Kennington, 1891. © Coram in the care of the Foundling Museum

The Pinch of Poverty (detail) by Thomas Benjamin Kennington, oil on canvas, 1891
© Coram in the care of the Foundling Museum

We tend to imagine the Victorian home as a family affair, a place of stability and a retreat from the outside world. But for huge numbers of Londoners the reality was very different. Tens of thousands made their homes in lodgings and lodging houses, renting a room or a bed in a building shared with strangers. Countless others could not afford to rent and were forced to turn to the workhouse and to shelters or slept rough in whatever shelter they could find.

This exhibition tells the story of this 'other' London, exploring the places the poor inhabited and bringing them to life through paintings, photographs, and objects, as well as through personal stories and reports.

A programme of special events and talks will run throughout the exhibition.  Read the exhibition press release.


Home and hope: Young people's experiences of homelessness today

Tuesday 24 March - Sunday 12 July 2015. Free.

From the New Horizon Home and Hope exhibition at the Geffrye

(c) Geffrye Museum of the Home / Chocolate Films

A complementary display in the lower concourse area will engage with contemporary homelessness in London via a collaborative youth project with New Horizon Youth Centre, Kings Cross. New Horizon is a day centre working with young people who are vulnerable, homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.


Ceramics in the City: A three day selling fair featuring 50 potters

Friday 25 - Sunday 27 September 2015. Preview event Thursday 24 September, 6 - 8.30pm. Free.

Rocking Bowl by Ben Davies at Ceramics in the City

Rocking bowl by Ben Davies

Ceramics in the City returns to the Geffrye with an exciting range of work by around 50 selected ceramicists, a mix of both leading names and rising talents.  An array of styles, techniques, colour and texture will be shown in domestic objects ranging from functional tableware to purely aesthetic or quirky one-off pieces. A special launch evening will be held on Thursday 24 September from 6 - 8.30pm. Throughout the event visitors will have the opportunity to browse, buy, talk to the ceramicists and watch free demonstrations. 

Part of the London Design Festival.

Ceramicists who are interested in exhibiting in this year's fair can download the application form here


Christmas Past: 400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Homes

Tuesday 24 November 2015 - Sunday 3 January 2016. Free.

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.




Corporate keyhole logo for Geffrye Museum