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New Film Season - Lives Unwritten: Women and Domestic Work on Film

A season of film screenings and talks at the Geffrye Museum, exploring the complex cultural and socioeconomic tensions of domestic labour and its continued impact on women around the world.

The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?)

Saturday 27 April, 2.30pm. Tickets £10 / £8 concessions. Tickets include a drink. Ages 15+. Book ahead or get tickets on the door

The Second Mother film screening

Exploring what it means to be a mother, Anna Muylaert’s outstanding comedy-drama, set in São Paulo, is an astute and moving portrayal of the cyclical nature of life for many working women. Part of our new film season, Lives Unwritten: Women and Domestic Work on Film.

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Merrie May Day

Saturday 4 May, 11am - 4pm

Merrie May Day event at the Geffrye Museum

Join us to celebrate the arrival of spring with a traditional maypole and dancing on our front lawns. 

There will be stalls and activities for all ages, including the Geffrye Explorers' Garden Cart, upcycled eco insect hotels from Alan Briggs Bughouses, spring plants and herbs from Rootcraft, vintage fabric furnishings from Leah Rose Designs, and beautiful blooms from Tooting florist Gray & Greenery to name a few.

Also on offer will be delicious BBQ-style food from the Sunshine Curry Club, homemade cakes from Feast London and locally brewed beers courtesy of our friends at Hackney Brewery. 

Suitable for all ages. Free entry.

Craft Week with the Lettering Arts Trust

A programme of events, workshops, films and an exhibition organised with the Lettering Arts Trust that explore death and remembrance.

How Do You Want To Be Remembered? exhibition

Wednesday 8 - Sunday 12 May, 9am - 5pm. Graveyard garden. Free

Letter carving

We are drawn to capture a memory. For centuries, we have commemorated and mourned the passing of lives through memorials. Presenting a time capsule of beautiful memorials drawn and carved by hand by leading letter carvers, this exhibition created by the Lettering Arts Trust will show how individual lives can be celebrated with sensitive design and beautiful lettering. The exhibition presents the working drawings and designs of lettering artists in the Geffrye Museum’s graveyard, and is designed to uplift and to prompt us to consider how we would like to be remembered. 

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Audio tour – ‘Thoughts on Mourning’ by Romany Reagan

Wednesday 8 - Sunday 12 May, 9am - 5pm. Geffrye grounds. Free, download / stream on personal device.

Part of our Craft Week event, How do you want to be remembered?' organised with the Lettering Arts Trust.

This audio walk is a meditation on Victorian mourning practices and how they contrast to our contemporary views on death and mourning. The audio consists of interweaving thoughts from various poets, historians, and other writers from the nineteenth century to today, as the walking journey takes you around the Geffrye gardens and to the small cemetery on site.

Dreams of a Life - Film Screening

Thursday 9 May, 7pm - 9pm. Tickets £10 / £8 concessions. Rated 12A

Dreams of a Life screening

Would anyone miss you? Nobody noticed when Joyce Vincent died in her bedsit above a North London shopping centre in 2003. Investigating Joyce’s life and legacy, Carol Morley’s haunting documentary, Dreams of a Life, is an imaginative and complex exploration of how we remember others in the contemporary, urban environment. Part of our Craft Week event, How do you want to be remembered?' organised with the Lettering Arts Trust.

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A Ghost Story - Film Screening

Saturday 11 May, 5pm - 7pm. Tickets £10 / £8 concessions. Rated 12A

A Ghost Story

What it is left behind after we’re gone? Does it matter we were there in the first place? With refreshing simplicity and black humour, A Ghost Story, acclaimed director David Lowery’s unforgettable meditation on love and grief, is as The New York Times’ A.O. Scott admires, ‘hair-raising and clever, a tour de force of sensation and a triumph of craft.’ Part of our Craft Week event, How do you want to be remembered?' organised with the Lettering Arts Trust.

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Free Form Calligraphy workshop

Saturday 11 May, 11am - 1pm. This workshop has now sold out

Second workshop added: Saturday 11 May, 2pm - 4pm. Tickets £24 / £20 concessions

Free form calligraphy workshop

A fun day exploring the various ways letters can be made with flexible 'pointed pen' nibs and the broad-edged calligraphy pen, led by Mark Brooks. The workshop will analyse historic hand-written letterforms and apply these principles to a modern day aesthetic, experimenting with expressive, less structured forms and also giving your own handwriting a new dynamic quality.

No previous experience necessary. All pens, inks and materials provided. Part of our Craft Week event, How do you want to be remembered?' organised with the Lettering Arts Trust.

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Stone Letter Carving Demonstration

Saturday 11 May, 9am - 5pm (with breaks). Free

Watch Lois Anderson demonstrate stone letter carving in this free event on the Geffrye's front lawns.

Lecture duo with Dr Romany Reagan and Michele Woodger

Sunday 12 May, 2 - 3pm. Tickets £8

Victorian Mourning

A pair of talks in conjunction with the Lettering Arts Trust exhibition 'How Do You Want To Be Remembered?'

Dead Man’s Party: Celebration vs Solemnity in Victorian Garden Cemeteries

In this talk, Dr Romany Reagan will offer perspectives on what cemeteries have meant to their communities throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – and today – as spaces of mortality mediation. As these spaces embrace a variety of perspectives and voices within their walls, the perception of cemeteries is transforming from morbid and solemn, to celebratory and inclusive.

Of the Moment: Memorial architecture in the 21st century

Memorial architecture: sacrosanct, celebratory, or self-congratulatory? In recent years we have seen the emergence of a “memorial industry”. High-profile structures in our public spaces serve multiple functions beyond honouring the dead - they fulfil a social purpose and often carry a political agenda. With a focus on contemporary structures built since the turn of the millennium, this talk looks at how certain examples navigate these complexities to become works of integrity and meaning.

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Geffrye Friends events

Streetlife London: From Chaucer to Banksy

Saturday 11 May, 2pm start (3pm finish). London Metropolitan Archives, EC1R 0HB. Friends £10 / Guests £12. Suitable for ages 12+

Bartholomew Fair

Writer and performer Nick Field presents a vivid romp through 700 years of London street life, inspired by items from the London Metropolitan Archives. Traversing pageants and protests, street art and fashion, Nick will bring to life the characters and events that have shaped London’s rich street life, from a Mayfair riot with a high body count, to medieval fashion innovators, to the hedonistic Bartholomew Fair and the world's greatest performing cat show. As an artist in residence at the LMA, Nick has worked with LMA experts to uncover, interpret and show audiences a range of fascinating materials from the archives.

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Visit to the Museum of Immigration And Diversity

Saturday 1 June, 1.45pm for 2pm start (3.30pm finish). 19 Princelet St, E1 6QH. Friends £15 / Guests £18. Suitable for ages 12+

Housed in a Grade II listed, unrestored 1719 Huguenot silk merchant’s home, the Museum of Immigration and Diversity is a unique and remarkable institution described by author Monica Ali (Brick Lane) as ‘a place where you can feel history at your fingertips and in your spine.’ On this guided tour, we’ll discover a concealed Victorian synagogue dating from 1869, and visit the ‘Suitcases and Sanctuary’ exhibition exploring the refugee experience in Spitalfields. The museum is only open to the public for a few days each year, so this is a rare opportunity to see inside a truly hidden gem.

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Whitechapel Noise: Politics, Sex And Religion In The Yiddish East End

Thursday 6 June, 6pm for 6.30pm start (8pm finish). Friends £12 / Guests £15. Suitable for ages 12+

Author, historian and Yiddish singer Vivi Lachs presents an evening of stories and song celebrating the East End’s vibrant Yiddish community and popular culture before WW1, bringing untold histories to life. Feisty, spicy and moving music-hall songs and punchy, political ballads give a fascinating window into a working-class immigrant community fighting for better working conditions, arguing gender politics, debating religious change and becoming English. Vivi’s recent book, Whitechape Noise, will be available for purchase (cash only).

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‘Silvertown Special’ Walk with Derelict London

Saturday 22 June 2019, 10.45 for 11am start (2pm finish). London City Airport DLR Station, E16 2PX. Friends £18 / Guests £20. Suitable for ages 12+

Derelict London guide and author Paul Talling will take us on a tour of fascinating and abandoned sites in Silvertown – a strange and history-filled place that’s set to change rapidly over the next few years. We’ll visit iconic buildings such as the long abandoned but soon to be redeveloped Millenium Mills, the squatted Tate Institute, the remains of Tay Wharf, and a Victorian church that’s now a music hall. The walk will take up to 3 hours, and will end at a local family-run brewery where there’ll be the option to unwind over a pint.

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Feel Good Festival

Saturday 1 June 2019, 10.30am - 4pm. Free - everyone welcome

Feel Good Festival at the Geffrye

Enjoy moving, making, eating and relaxing in the Geffrye’s beautiful gardens at our summer festival which is all about wellbeing and feeling good.

Build up an appetite in the group exercise area before exciting your senses with delicious cultural foods. Explore your creativity with Origami or Turkish marbling, join in outdoor games, relax in one of the chill-out deckchairs or treat yourself to a restorative foot massage.

The event celebrates Turkish, Cypriot and Vietnamese culture, working in partnership with the local community.

Geffrye Museum of the Home in partnership with Centre 151, Derman, Hackney Cypriot Association and Islington & Shoreditch and Lien Viet Housing Associations.

You can view all our upcoming events, including family-friendly activities and almshouse tours events on our 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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