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Future exhibitions and displays

Swept under the carpet? Servants in London households, 1600-2000

Tuesday 15 March - Sunday 4 September. Free. 

High Life Below Stairs by James Caldwell after John Collet 1772

High Life Below Stairs by James Caldwell after John Collet, 1772

Servants are taking over the Geffrye’s parlours, drawing rooms and living rooms…

This special exhibition will explore domestic service and the experiences of servants living and working in middle-class homes over the last four hundred years, giving a glimpse into a world often overlooked by historians.

New scenarios and subtle interventions in the museum's period rooms will illustrate the changing nature of the servant's work and the relationship between master and servant over time - from the intimacy of a maid checking her master's hair for nits in the late 17th century, to an ayah caring for the children of an Angle-Indian family in the late 19th century, to a French au-pair picking up after the children she looks after in 1960.

These narratives will highlight how servants - once part of the household family; and enmeshed in intimate relationships with their employers, gradually disappeared from the spaces of family life to the kitchens and garrets.  

Swept Under the Carpet? is guest curated by Tessa Chynoweth and Laura Humphreys, AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award researchers from the Centre of Studies of Home - a partnership between the Geffrye and Queen Mary, University of London.

Read the press release here. View our image gallery. See our exhibition talks programme.

Supported by Queen Mary University of London

Aylesbury Estate

Tuesday 5 April – Sunday 18 September. Free entry. Lower concourse

Detail of the Aylesbury Estate (c) Richard Baxter

Detail of the Aylesbury Estate (c) Richard Baxter

The display will be a biography of the Aylesbury Estate – a modernist high-rise estate in Southwark - from its utopian beginning in the late 1960s, to its emergence as an ambiguous place in the 1980s and current demolition and regeneration. Text, oral history interview sound recordings, architectural drawings, photographs and possessions from residents’ flats will be used to tell the story of the estate and its history as a home.

A collaboration between Richard Baxter, a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the School of Geography and Centre for Studies of Home and Artist Nadege Meriau.

Supported by the Leverhulme Trust, Queen Mary University of London and AHRC Creativeworks London.

Crafty Fox Spring Market

Saturday 9 April and Sunday 10 April, 10am - 5pm. Free entry

Meet the makers at this Spring edition of the much-loved Crafty Fox Market, featuring over 70 designer/makers. There's even a chance to get hands-on with a variety of artist-led workshops taking place.

Check for full listings.

The Craft of Wallpaper 

Tuesday 3 - Sunday 8 May, 10am - 5pm. Free entry. Main exhibition space

Curated by design writer Charlotte Abrahams, The Craft of Wallpaper is a celebration of making. An exhibition of papers by some of the UK's most innovative makers with talks and demonstrations. 

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Design Show East

Friday 27 May, 6 - 9pm, Saturday 28 - Monday 30 May, 10am - 5pm. Free entry

Coinciding with Chelsea Fringe and Clerkenwell Design Week, this design shopping event will offer gorgeous items for the home and garden by 70 British designers and makers.

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

Friday 23 - Sunday 25 September. Free.

Corinna Kenyon-Wade at Ceramics in the City

Vessels by Corinna Kenyon-Wade, exhibitor at Ceramics in the City 2015

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, open to all, will be held on Thursday 22 September. Throughout the event visitors can browse, buy, meet the makers and watch free demonstrations. 

Ceramicists wishing to take part in the 2016 fair can find out more information here.

Part of the London Design Festival.

Corporate keyhole logo for Geffrye Museum