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Open House London

Saturday 22 September, 11am - 4pm

Entry and all activities, including access to the restored almshouse is free. No booking required

proposed cross section of the museum building

Enjoy free tours of the Geffrye's 18th century restored almshouse and join architects Wright and Wright for talks and creative activities exploring how the Geffrye is being transformed for the future through its Unlocking the Geffrye development project. All activities and tours free. No booking required.

Architects' Talk in the Georgian room

11.30 - 12.00, repeated at 14.30 - 15.00. For adults. Seats allocated on first-come, first-served basis

Wright and Wright architects will deliver a concise & fast-paced presentation about the ‘Unlocking the Geffrye’ project which develops the Geffrye Museum’s existing buildings and create new spaces, transforming the existing visitor experience, whilst sustaining the museum for generations to come. A display of prints and drawings will accompany the talk in the museum’s beautiful Georgian Lecture Room and the audience will have a chance to ask questions. 

Big Museum Collage

11am - 4pm. Drop-in. For everyone - especially families

Get creative with the Wright and Wright team and make an enormous collage of the new museum.

The Restored Almshouse

11am - 4pm. Drop-in. For everyone

Discover the 18th century almshouse, take part in family-friendly object handling, and find out about the people who once lived here with our friendly guides.

Numbers are limited so please note that during busy times you may be asked to wait. Owing to the nature of the building, there is no step free access. However, buggies can be left outside and visitors can view a virtual tour here

The Luna Cinema at the Geffrye 

Labyrinth (1986, 98 minutes, cert U)

Wednesday 26 September. Doors open 6pm for 7.30pm start 

Tickets £16.50 Adults including booking fee / £12 Children ages 3-15 including booking fee

Musical dark fantasy adventure film directed by Jim Henson

Get tickets here.

The Shape of Water (2017, 123 minutes, cert 15)

Thursday 27 September. Doors open 6pm for 7.30pm start

Tickets £16.50 including booking fee 

The Shape of Water Luna Cinema

The Shape of Water

American fantasy drama film directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Get tickets here.

Thresholds; Films, female identity and domestic space

Saturday 29 September, 1.30 - 8.30pm

Tickets £10 for the whole day, includes 3 options of almshouse tour and both films. Suitable for ages 15+

Films, female identity and domestic space

Film screenings, talks and tours of the Geffrye’s restored 18th-century almshouse. Curated by Jade Turner, MA Student in Film Studies, Programming and Curation at the National Film and Television School

The Geffrye Museum is hosting Thresholds, a one-day event exploring how identity is constructed in relation to architecture, homes and domesticity, from a feminist perspective. Drawing upon the Museum's research into the history of London's poor and elderly, the event will feature film screenings alongside tours of the Almshouses and specialist talks. Thresholds aims to foster an understanding of how spaces develop, project and limit an individual’s potential and identity. Drawing attention to architectural and domestic concerns that are often overlooked or taken for granted, the screenings, in combination with the Almshouse tours and talks, will foreground spaces that have historically been dismissed; reclaiming the labour of the home, and celebrating women’s agency.

Ticket-holders for Thresholds will be able to choose from the following Almshouse tours and have the opportunity to watch groundbreaking films in the beautiful Georgian Room.

13:30-14:15 Almshouse Tour Option 1

14:15-15:00 Almshouse Tour Option 2

15:00-17:00 Film Screening: Nathalie Granger (Marguerite Duras, 1972) + short film Often During the Day (Joanna Davis, 1979) + Q&A tbc

17:00-18:00 Break

18:00-18:45 Almshouse Tour Option 3

18:45-20:30 Film Screening: Oma & Bella (Alexa Karolinski, 2012) + Q&A tbc

We will also be selling a cookbook with recipes by the stars of Oma and Bella for £25.
Get tickets here.

Yoga for Creativity and Mental Wellbeing

Saturday 6 October and Saturday 10 November, 10.30am - 1pm

Tickets £22.15 including booking fee 

Hackney Arts Yoga Workshop

'To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong' - Joseph Chilton Pearce

Unleash your inner creativity and learn how it can bring a sense of release and happiness into your life with these yoga and creativity workshop led by community yoga and meditation teacher Lara Piras.
Get tickets here for the October workshop and here for the November one.

Hoxton Harvest Ceilidh

Saturday 13 October, 11am-5pm. For all ages. Free.

Hoxton Harvest

An autumn celebration for all ages, featuring live music and dancing with London’s finest ceilidh band Fiddle Paradiddle, crafts, an autumnal leaf bunting and leaf wreath workshop, games, hot mulled cider and delicious hot food courtesy of The Cheese Truck. There will also be a special Tuk Tuk photo booth set up, so pop in and take a selfie with your autumnal leaf creation!

You can view all of our other events in our online calendar

Swing Your Heart Out!

Thursday 20 April. Dance class: 6.30 - 8pm Tickets: £5. Social dance: 8 - 10.30pm Tickets: £10. Combined ticket option: £13

Put on your dancing shoes and come along to a Swing extravaganza at the Geffrye! Take part in a class then show off your moves to live music by the renowned London Dance Orchestra.

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