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The Geffrye Museum Trust Limited Freedom of Information - Publication Scheme

The Geffrye Museum

The Geffrye explores the home from 1600 to the present day. Evocative displays of London living rooms and gardens illustrate homes and home life through the centuries, reflecting changes in society, behaviour, style and taste.

The Geffrye Museum became a fully independent charitable company, limited by guarantee, in April 1991. The Trust is supported financially by grant-aid from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, supplemented by earned income, donations and sponsorship.

The principal charitable purposes of the Trust are the advancement of education and other purposes beneficial to the community including the care of its collections, Grade 1 listed buildings and gardens.

Our vision is to be an internationally renowned museum about the home which enriches people’s lives and inspires an understanding of home and home life, both past and present.

Our mission is summarised in six key statements:

1. To provide a distinctive and memorable museum experience which inspires, informs and provides enjoyment to visitors of all ages and abilities.

2. To be a leading centre for the study of home by developing and enabling access to our rich collections and archives, collaborating in scholarly research and creating outstanding displays and exhibitions.

3. To engage and inspire diverse audiences with excellent learning and engagement opportunities that encourage discovery, spark imaginations and offer life-enhancing experiences.

4. To be at the heart of our communities and London’s cultural networks, and contribute to the creative, social and economic development of Hackney and East London.

5. To be a leader in the museum sector and actively champion the development and improvement of museums in London and beyond.

6. To ensure the museum is sustainably resourced and managed for the benefit of future generations.

Purpose of this Publication Scheme

This publication scheme sets out the information which the Geffrye Museum plans to publish, how and when the information will be published and whether or not there will be a charge for such information.

The aim in publishing this material is to make public details of the governance of the museum, its plans and objectives and its performance in meeting them.

The publication of the scheme is operated by The Geffrye Museum Trust Limited.

The Finance Director holds responsibility for the scheme on behalf of the museum.

The Finance Director takes responsibility for maintaining the scheme on a day-to-day basis.

Classes of Information Intended to be Published

Corporate Plan

The corporate plan contains information about our plans for the future, our past performance, our objectives and targets and our business plan to achieve these targets.

Corporate Plan 2016-17 to 2019-20

Printed copies are available by post from the museum. A charge of £3.00 will be made to cover the cost of copying and postage.

Annual Report and Audited Accounts

This document contains a review of the past year, the financial statements and auditor’s report.

Final Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017.

Printed copies are available by post from the museum. A charge of £3.00 will be made to cover the cost of copying and postage.

Invoice payment Analysis     
Financial year 2015/2016
% of invoices paid within 5 days  % of invoices paid within 30 days 
1st quarter 11% 

Funding Agreement with DCMS

This agreement between the museum and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport sets out the Government’s core strategic objectives and shows how the museum’s own objectives will contribute to their achievement.

This document also identifies further key objectives to which the museum may be working, lays out targets against which achievement is to be measured and the level of government funding to be made available to the museum.

DCMS Management Agreement 2017

Printed copies are available by post from the museum. A charge of £3.00 will be made to cover the cost of copying and postage.

Policy Documents

The following policy document relating to key operational areas of the museum will be available free of charge on our website soon:

  • Collections Management Policy

Printed copies are available by post from the museum. A charge of £3.00 will be made to cover the cost of copying and postage.

Fraud, bribery and corruption policy

At the Geffrye we are committed to conducting ourselves in an honest and ethical manner, developing an anti-fraud culture and ensuring all staff are alert to the possibility of fraud and the role they can play in its prevention. We take a zero-tolerance approach to fraud, bribery and corruption and are committed to acting professionally, fairly and with integrity in all our dealings and relationships.  Any employee who breaches this policy will face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for gross misconduct. Any non-employee who breaches this policy may have their contract terminated with immediate effect. This policy applies to all Trustees and employees of the Geffrye Museum and all consultants, contractors, agency staff, interns, agents, sponsors or any other person associated with the museum (collectively referred in this policy as “staff”).

Read the full policy here

UK Public Data Project

In accordance with the Government’s commitment to greater transparency of public information, we are providing below details of our staff structure including an organogram, senior staff data, junior staff data, senior management renumeration, and director's salary band. Please note that the information may be easier to interpret as the excel spreadsheets rather than the csv documents.

This information will be updated every six months. For any queries please contact the Communications Department:

Geffrye Museum Senior Staff and Salary data 30 September 2013 (csv)

Geffrye Museum Junior Staff and Salary data 30 September 2013 (csv)

Geffrye Museum Spend over £25,000 data November 2013 - March 2014 (csv)

Employee Handbook

The employee handbook details the conditions of employment for staff and encompasses key policies including Health and Safety at work and Equal Opportunities.

Printed copies are available by post from the museum. A charge of £5.00 will be made to cover the cost of copying and postage.


We own the copyright in our information. Permission should be sought from The Geffrye Museum before material is re-used or reproduced as we reserve the right to make a charge in certain circumstances.


We aim to make all documents available on our website or by post within one month of their formal adoption or of coming into effect.

To request a printed copy of a document, please contact us by email:

Or by application to:

The Finance Director
The Geffrye Museum
136 Kingsland Road
E2 8EA

Payment of the appropriate fee should be enclosed with an application, cheques made payable to The Geffrye Museum Trust

Trustees of the Geffrye Museum

The Geffrye Museum is a registered charity, number 803052, and a company limited by guarantee, number 2476642. Our Trustees are:

Samir Shah (Chairman)

Bernard Donoghue

Jeremy Edge

John Forrester (co-opted)

Douglas Gilmore 

Clare Gough

Jonathan Newby 

Jeremy Newton

Cynthia Polemis

Alexandra Morris Robson

Edwina Sassoon

Marilyn Scott

Abigail Williams