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Friends events

The Friends of the Geffrye Museum run a series of walks, talks and visits. You can find out more about the Friends and how to join here.

Download the Spring 2018 leaflet.

Programme of events January to June 2018

If you prefer to book by post please download this form.

Talk: The Lost Rivers of London

Wednesday 24 January, 6.30pm for 7pm start. £12 Friends / £15 guests. Sold out

The Thames was not the only river in London - the city was built around many other rivers - and traces of these still remain for those who know where to look. Tom Bolton, researcher and author of London’s Lost Rivers: A Walker’s Guide will describe the secret network of underground rivers which still snakes beneath the capital. Using the clues left in the streetscape, we can burrow down through layers of London history to river level, revealing the city as it once was.

Please note that this event has now sold out. Join the waiting list.

Family Walk: The Magic Roundabout

Saturday 10 February, 10.45am for 11am. Meet outside EAT by Exit 2 from Old Street station

£11 Friends (children £5.50) / £15 guests (children £7.50)

Join Karen Lansdown for this family-friendly walk around the neighbourhood of Old Street roundabout. The streets here are packed with street and public art by artists, local residents and children. Watch out for vampire bunnies, street signs that have been sneakily changed and visit the cemetery where children donated their pocket money to fund a monument to the creator of Robinson Crusoe. Lasts about one hour and is suitable for accompanied children over 7 years.

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Visit: The Wallace Collection

Thursday 22 February, 11.15am for 11.30am. Meet in the front hall

£15 Friends / £18 guests

Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, housed in historic Hertford House, Marylebone, W1U 3BN, is a treasure trove of the fine and decorative arts. We have arranged a private guided tour of the 18th century French pictures, furniture and porcelain which are highlights of the collection. You may want to precede or follow your tour with a visit to the stunning courtyard café for coffee or lunch. Lasts about one and a half hours.

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AGM: Professor Frances Spalding

Thursday 15 March, doors open 5.45pm, AGM 6pm and talk at 7pm

John Piper was a polymath who designed textiles, tapestries and stained-glass windows, as well as being a painter and printmaker. His image of the front of the Geffrye Museum will be well-known to Friends. Frances Spalding, art historian and biographer, has written two books about John Piper and will talk about his life and work.

Further information with AGM papers.

Walk: Abney Park Cemetry and Chapel

Saturday 24 March, 10.45am for 11am. Meet at Visitor Centre near the main entrance, Stoke Newington High Street

£12 Friends / £15 guests

Abney Park Cemetry

Join us for a guided walk with John Baldock to explore the Cemetery, one of the Magnificent Seven London burial grounds, and more recently an important nature reserve. We will learn about the famous reformers and radicals buried here. We will visit the recently restored chapel, the oldest surviving non-conformist chapel in Europe. Lasts about 90 minutes.

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Family Walk: Lost and Found

Thursday 12 April, 10.45am for 11am. Meet outside Russell Square tube station

£11 Friends (£5.50 children) / £15 guests (£7.50 children)

Karen Lansdown takes us to Bloomsbury, famous as the home of writers and artists. On this walk you will meet some of them, together with lots of animals, a building that turned into a toy, some famous fictional characters, lost boys and foundlings. The walk finishes at a playground that doesn’t admit adults without children. Lasts about one hour. This walk is specifically designed for families with children aged 7 years and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult who must take responsibility for their safety throughout the walk.

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Visit: Chelsea Physic Garden

Thursday 3 May, 12.45 for 1pm. 66 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HS. Meet at the café in the garden.

£20 Friends / £25 guests

The oldest botanic garden in London has its own micro-climate. It houses around 5000 different medicinal, herbal, and edible plants, including the UK’s largest fruiting olive tree. We will enjoy a guided tour lasting about one hour.

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Talk: Pets and Family Life

Wednesday 16 May, 6.30 for 7pm

£12 Friends / £15 guests

Pets play a powerful emotional role in our everyday lives and their presence exercises an important influence in the home. In this talk Dr Jane Hamlett, Reader in Modern British History at Royal Holloway College, will examine how pet keeping in British homes has changed over the past hundred years. 

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Walk: A stroll around Smithfield

Saturday 16 June. Meet outside Farringdon Station in Cowcross Street, 10.45am for 11am. £12 Friends / £15 guests. Sold out

Alec Forshaw follows up his recent sell-out talk about Smithfield with this special walk. Friends will have the opportunity to learn more about this little-known but interesting area, including the Meat Market, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Cloth Fair, The Charterhouse and St John’s Gate. 

Please note that this event has now sold out. Join the waiting list.