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WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS SUMMER

WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS SUMMER

Posted on Tuesday 20th August 2019

PART I   What are you doing this summer? I would always prefer going near the sea as I was born and spent my childhood on Croatian seaside. I was the sort of child who filled their pockets with stones and empty [...]

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GARDENS

GARDENS

Posted on Monday 15th July 2019

Celebrating gardens we will start with the one well known to all of us – the Geffrye almshouses’ garden. In our front garden we have cultivated plants that adorned Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian city gardens. Gold-[...]

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Music in the Home

Music in the Home

Posted on Tuesday 7th May 2019

In this post I will be taking a look at our collection and objects based around the theme of music in the home. ‘Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the Universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a [...]

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GEFFRYE VOLUNTEERS VISIT THE CHARTERHOUSE

GEFFRYE VOLUNTEERS VISIT THE CHARTERHOUSE

Posted on Wednesday 6th March 2019

On Friday 1st March some of us met at the entrance to The Charterhouse near The Barbican. The Charterhouse has some similarities to The Geffrye in that it is an almshouse but it has a longer and more complex history and a[...]

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SAVE A PICTURE FOR REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS

SAVE A PICTURE FOR REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS

Posted on Wednesday 19th December 2018

I would like to show you a Christmas tree in the 1960s, one from the 1980s and two pictured in the 1990s. What these pictures connects is that all the trees  were decorated by the people who are close to me, like people [...]

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A Cup of Tea

A Cup of Tea

Posted on Wednesday 12th December 2018

The act of drinking tea is seemingly engrained into the British experience. Rainy mornings call for a cuppa to start the day while foggy nights are best spend cozied up on the couch with a cup of herbal tea. We do drink [...]

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OUR HOMES: TIJANA

OUR HOMES: TIJANA

Posted on Thursday 11th October 2018

It was a pretty two-story flat; a living room, a kitchen and a toilet were situated on the ground floor, with three spacious bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. Then someone’s hands added two walls and the living room, [...]

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Volunteer Award Winners

Volunteer Award Winners

Posted on Thursday 27th September 2018

Our Heritage Project Volunteers have been chosen as regional winners of this year’s Volunteers for Museum Learning, Marsh Trust Awards. These volunteers worked on an ACE funded project during 2017 to develop and deliver[...]

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OUR HOMES: TONY

OUR HOMES: TONY

Posted on Thursday 20th September 2018

This picture was taken four years ago in 2014. It shows one of our builders,  Ian, digging the foundations of the extension we were having built on to the back of our house.  Other things were being done to the house at[...]

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MEET OUR COOKERY BOOK

MEET OUR COOKERY BOOK

Posted on Thursday 20th September 2018

TO MAKE ALMOND PUDDINGS TAKE HALF A POUND OF YE BEST ALMONDS, AND BLANCH THEM, THEN BEAT ‘EM IN A STONE MORTER WITH A LITTLE ROSE WATER, THEN TAKE A QUART OF CREAM AND 2 PENNY LOAVES, GRATED VERY SMALL, WITH A LITTLE [...]

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WHERE CHILDREN SLEEP

Posted on Friday 14th September 2018

Have you seen the work of the photographer James Mollison? I would  like to share with you his series of photographs of children’s bedrooms from all around the world. Tijana, Volunteer Programme Digital [...]

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THE VELDT

Posted on Thursday 13th September 2018

Today, I am bringing to you a home from science fiction. I would like to introduce you to the TV film, The Veldt,  from 1978 of BFA Science Fiction Series (BFA Educational media), based on the story of the same title. [...]

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OUR HOMES: MIODRAG

OUR HOMES: MIODRAG

Posted on Thursday 6th September 2018

Miodrag was so kind by sending us his photographs. They were taken in former Yugoslavia. I hope my translation saved the loveliness of the original text. Miodrag: My grandfather was an apothecary and I spent my childhood [...]

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MEET OUR RADIOS

MEET OUR RADIOS

Posted on Thursday 30th August 2018

We would like to introduce you to our collection of radio devices and the history behind them. Back in 1939, important events took place. Adolf Hitler invaded Poland on 1 September 1939. The Declaration of War by France [...]

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Our Homes

Our Homes

Posted on Tuesday 21st August 2018

We would like to invite you to share with us pictures of your homes and gardens, past and present.  We hope this blog will inspire you to accept the challenge! By sharing your photos and stories you will be contributing [...]

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Meet Our New Volunteer Programme Digital Communication Assistants

Meet Our New Volunteer Programme Digital Communication Assistants

Posted on Friday 6th July 2018

We are Tijana and Alison and we have recently taken on the role of Volunteer Programme Digital Communication Assistants (VPDC). We are very excited about our new role and feel very happy to be a part of the Geffrye Makers[...]

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Meet Geffrye Explorer volunteer, Sophie

Meet Geffrye Explorer volunteer, Sophie

Posted on Thursday 3rd May 2018

Here we continue our series meeting some of our volunteers here at the Geffrye museum. At the moment we are over 100 people in the volunteer community, helping the museum in lots of different  ways. Three volunteers [...]

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My volunteering experience

My volunteering experience

Posted on Tuesday 1st May 2018

My name is Tony Grant. I have just become a volunteer at the Geffrye Museum.   I have recently retired as a teacher and I need to do something useful with my life. I did a course many years ago in museum education[...]

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Meet Almshouse tour guide volunteer, Patrick

Meet Almshouse tour guide volunteer, Patrick

Posted on Thursday 26th April 2018

This post continues the series meeting some of our volunteers here at the Geffrye museum. At the moment we are over 100 people in the volunteer community helping the museum in lots of ways. Three volunteers are [...]

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Meet Garden Volunteer, Janet

Meet Garden Volunteer, Janet

Posted on Thursday 19th April 2018

Let’s meet some of our volunteers here at the Geffrye museum. At the moment we are over 100 people in the volunteer community, helping the museum in lots of ways. Three volunteers are Janet, Patrick and Sophie who [...]

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Volunteering today

Volunteering today

Posted on Thursday 7th December 2017

I find it fascinating that in a time where time is money and everyone is so busy that the number of volunteers keeps on growing in London. As for me, I moved to London a year ago and started a part-time job but felt that[...]

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Volunteers & Freelancers Festive Drinks

Volunteers & Freelancers Festive Drinks

Posted on Wednesday 29th November 2017

On  Friday 24 November, Volunteers and Freelancers gathered at the Geffrye to celebrate a great year.  It might only be November, but Christmas starts a bit early at the Geffrye! A great time was had by all, with many [...]

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Our first blog post!

Our first blog post

Posted on Thursday 2nd November 2017

Welcome to the brand new Geffrye Makers blog! This is THE place to keep up to date with what’s happening at the museum, get to know more about what volunteers are doing and share your own experiences and interests with [...]

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