Our programme provides family learning and community groups with opportunities to engage in creative activities with the museum, either through outreach sessions at schools or community venues or through attending workshops at the Geffrye. The programme provides informal learning opportunities inspired by the theme of home and garden. Through working together families gain new knowledge, skills, and experiences, build relationships with each other and with the museum and, perhaps most importantly, have fun together.
We have also worked on special projects with family groups: activities have included designing and making big banners at Randall Cremer School as part of the Big Draw, decorating a ping pong table as part of Ping London and creating digital stories about celebrations with St Monica’s School.
As part of the My Haggerston Discover Hackney we worked with six families from St Monica’s RC Primary School in 2012 exploring celebrations. We looked at home celebrations such as mother’s day, birthdays and Peruvian Independence Day as well as street parties in Haggerston like the Diamond Jubilee and the torch relay for the Olympics. These themes were explored through sharing stories and family photos, craft activities, games and images from Hackney Archives.
Each family was then interviewed to create an oral history about their celebrations which was edited together with personal photos and images taken throughout the project to create digital stories. To watch the stories please click here.
For Ping London families from the Morningside Children’s Centre worked together with artist Linda Hoetink to create the decoration for a ping pong table. Families explored what dining tables have been used for such as eating, entertaining and playing games such as ping pong. During the rest of the project families created drawings and paintings inspired by objects found on the tables in our period rooms. They even drew in our gardens and made flower pressings. The project took place over five weeks and was part of a year-long partnership with the Morningside Children’s Centre.
The table formed part of the Ping London initiative where ping pong tables were placed in different venues across the Capital for a month. Visitors to the museum were able to play on the finished work which originally was a dining room table.
For more information please see the programme or contact Access and Public Programme Manager, Rebecca Jacobs at RJacobs@geffrye-museum.org.uk