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Future exhibitions and displays

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

Tuesday 15 March - Sunday 4 September. Free.

Servants are taking over at the Geffrye ... This special exhibition will explore domestic service and the experiences of servants living and working in middle-class households over the last four hundred years. New scenarios created in the museum’s parlours, drawing rooms and living rooms will bring to life these narratives – often overlooked by historians - from a seventeenth-century laundry day to a French au-pair picking up after the family she lives with in 1960.

It has often been argued that by the turn of the nineteenth century servants, once part of the ‘household family’ and enmeshed in intimate relationships with their employers, had disappeared from the spaces of family life – relegated to the kitchens and garrets. This exhibition will re-examine the ‘disappearance’ of servants, and tell of the changing relationships and attitudes towards servants and service. 

Aylesbury Estate

Tuesday 5 April – Sunday 18 September 2016. Free.

Aylesbury Estate still from film

Still from film, Aylesbury Estate

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 decline 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.

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

Friday 23 - Sunday 25 September 2016. 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. 

Part of the London Design Festival.

Corporate keyhole logo for Geffrye Museum