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Museum of the Home development update

The Geffrye Museum is re-starting its major capital development project. After a period of review since Hackney Council refused planning permission in May this year, the museum has decided to take a new approach to the project.

Director David Dewing said “We have enjoyed a very productive relationship with David Chipperfield Architects. But sadly, the scheme we worked up together failed to secure planning permission. So in discussion with David Chipperfield, we feel a fresh start is needed. We will be selecting new architects with a modified brief in the coming months and submitting a new application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are feeling confident and reinvigorated about taking the project forward for the benefit of our visitors in Hackney and beyond.”

The new development will build on the principles of the masterplan designed by David Chipperfield Architects in 2010. The vision to open up the museum to all, by creating spaces that greatly improve access to the Geffrye’s collections, buildings, gardens and activities remains the museum’s priority. With over 105,000 visitors a year, the museum must adapt and evolve to offer the best possible experience for its visitors and to be sustainable for future generations.

The development will create an entrance opposite Hoxton station, new spaces for the museum’s collections and library, a gallery, restaurant and conference facilities, as well as revitalising existing public spaces. Having listened carefully to public opinion, the museum will seek to integrate the former pub within the overall design. The museum is continuing to work with Hackney Council and English Heritage on the proposed garden gallery, designed to enhance the visitor experience by easing congestion in the often crowded museum and giving year-round views of the museum’s period gardens.

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For further information please contact Nancy Loader at or 020 7749 6026 or Emma Dixon at or 020 7749 6031.

The Geffrye explores the home from 1600 to the present day, focusing on the living rooms of the urban middle classes in England, particularly London. A chronological series of period rooms show how such homes have been used and furnished over this period, reflecting changes in society and patterns of behaviour as well as style, fashion and taste.

6 November 2013

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