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Shelf Life - invitation to a test screening

Wednesday 27 February, 6 - 7pm. Free

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Come to a test screening of our new film Shelf Life, that will be part of the Home gallery when we reopen in 2020 - we'd love your feedback!

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Velvet & Feathers: The Victorian Parlour

Thursday 4 April, 6pm for 6.30pm start (7.30pm finish). Friends £8 / Guests £10. Suitable for ages 12+

The Victorian parlour was a room to display one’s wealth and status – full of sumptuous furniture and ornaments, colours and patterns. Sonia Solicari, Director of the Geffrye Museum, will give us a fascinating insight into the importance of the parlour in a Victorian household, the significance of its furnishings and decoration, and how its use evolved over time. We’ll also get a sneak peek of the Geffrye’s plans to give the Victorian room a facelift as part of the transformational development.

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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.

Imitation of Life - Film Screening

Saturday 23 March, 7pm - 9pm. Tickets £10 / £8 concessions. Tickets include a drink and popcorn. Ages 12+

Imitation of Life - film screening

Douglas Sirk’s classic melodrama, starring Lana Turner and Juanita Moore as the widowed Broadway star and her dutiful, divorced housekeeper, addresses enduring issues surrounding women’s career opportunities, racial injustices and mothers and daughters. It is as powerful and emotionally resonant today as 60 years ago.

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Black Girl (La Noire de ...) and The Sleeper - Double Film Screening 

Saturday 6 April , 7pm - 9pm. Tickets £10 / £8 concessions. Tickets include a drink. Ages 15+

Black Girl film screening

Visually striking and devastatingly shocking, Black Girl (La noire de…) remains a formative work of world cinema. Described by Martin Scorsese as “an astonishing movie—so ferocious, so haunting, and so unlike anything we’d ever seen”, Black Girl makes a powerful political statement within a stirring human drama.

Intimate and absorbing, the short docufiction The Sleeper (Die Schläferin) reconstructs and imagines the stories of two inconspicuous women whose personalities were forcibly hidden behind their roles as wives and homemakers.

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A Little Princess - Film Screening

Saturday 13 April, 11.30am - 1.30pm. Tickets £10 adults / £6 children. Adults accompanying children go free. All tickets come with a bag of popcorn!

A Little Princess film

The magical and uplifting children’s classic A Little Princess is a sheer delight. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved novel, Alfonso Cuarón’s (Roma, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) irresistible adaptation sprinkles childlike wonder throughout the story of privileged Sara Crewe (Liesel Matthews). An enchanting and heart-warming film for all the family.

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The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?)

Saturday 27 April, 7pm - 9.30pm. Tickets £10 / £8 concessions. Tickets include a drink. Ages 15+

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.

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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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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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