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Older People

Access and Outreach

Older people's projects at the Geffrye Museum

The Geffrye offers a range of room talks, object handling, craft activities and reminiscence workshops to local older people’s groups. These activities take place either at the museum or through outreach sessions delivered at older people’s organisations. To keep up to date with ‘What’s on’ why not join our mailing list or for more information please contact Education Officer Rebecca Jacobs by email or Christine Harwood at

Please view our leaflet, Advice for visiting the Geffrye Museum.

Over 55s Sessions

Christmas Favourites: Interactive Talk and Craft Activity for people over 55

Friday 24 November, 10.30am - 12.30pm

1935 period room at Christmas Past - photo Hannah Taylor

Enjoy all the best bits from Christmas at the Geffrye Museum over the last ten years. Take in the highlights of the Christmas Past exhibition and discover the most popular stories, objects and fascinating facts from our collection. You will also get up close to objects from our handling collection, do some crafting and relax with a Christmas brew! 

The sessions are free, but please book in advance, as places are limited. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.

For more information or to book your place please contact Fran Riando via e-mail or telephone 020 7749 6041.

Feeling at Home

Feeling at Home project

The Feeling at Home project aims to use the Geffrye’s buildings, collections and gardens to support vulnerable and isolated older people to live more active, sociable and enjoyable lives. Guided by an advisory panel made up of representatives from the local community, the project includes a programme of outreach, monthly tea parties delivered in partnership with Contact the Elderly and the Evergreen Gardeners club. The project is funded by City Bridge Trust.

Find out more about Evergreen Gardeners here.

For more information, please contact our Older People’s Project Coordinator Christine Harwood by email

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Past Projects and Sessions

Older people's project at the Geffrye Museum

Our older people’s sessions and projects cover a wide range of topics. Activities are free for local older people aged 50 and over, and have included talks, art and craft workshops, visits to the restored historic almshouse, photography and reminiscence sessions, creative writing workshops, dance workshops and cocktail parties! Click here to find out more. In-depth projects are delivered both at the museum and in partnership with local older people’s organisations. Recent projects have included The Hidden Garden project delivered in partnership with the Sharp End and Holy Trinity Primary School, The Writers Club led by local award-winning author Donna Daley-Clarke, the My East End photography project delivered in partnership with Poplar Harca and, perhaps amongst the most successful, the Asian Women’s Arts, Crafts and Gardening Club originally set up in partnership with the Asian Women’s Advisory Service.