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Wishing all of our followers a very Merry Christmas from everyone at the Museum of the Home. ✨After nearly three years, ...
24/12/2020

Wishing all of our followers a very Merry Christmas from everyone at the Museum of the Home. ✨

After nearly three years, we’re looking forward to reopening our doors in 2021 and welcoming everyone back to the Museum: a place to discover and celebrate, reveal and rethink home together.

Do you put your tree up as at the beginning of advent or wait until Christmas Eve?Most families have their own tradition...
18/12/2020

Do you put your tree up as at the beginning of advent or wait until Christmas Eve?

Most families have their own traditions relating to the tree, whether its hanging decorations passed down by previous generations, or buying special new ones from a favourite shop each year.

Here are five Christmas decorations from our collections at the Museum of the Home.

We’re delighted to announce we’ve been awarded a grant uplift as part of the #CultureRecoveryFund 🎉Many thanks to Arts C...
11/12/2020

We’re delighted to announce we’ve been awarded a grant uplift as part of the #CultureRecoveryFund 🎉

Many thanks to Arts Council England, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and HM Treasury.

This funding will support our capital project and go towards helping the Museum reopen in 2021.

#HereForCulture

Don't forget your tickets for our fundraising raffle: sales end on 10 December!Help support the Museum and be in with a ...
09/12/2020
Raffle ticket

Don't forget your tickets for our fundraising raffle: sales end on 10 December!

Help support the Museum and be in with a chance of winning fabulous prizes from Luke Edward Hall https://bit.ly/33gRvIf

Every eight minutes a child in Britain becomes homeless: we want to change this.We’re working with the London Homeless C...
08/12/2020
Behind the Door

Every eight minutes a child in Britain becomes homeless: we want to change this.

We’re working with the London Homeless Collective to raise funds and awareness of female and family homelessness

Donate now https://bit.ly/2J53DVC

Help Museum of the Home raise money to support Museum of the Home

Don’t miss your chance to win fabulous items designed by Luke Edward Hall in our fundraising raffle.Every ticket helps s...
05/12/2020
Raffle ticket

Don’t miss your chance to win fabulous items designed by Luke Edward Hall in our fundraising raffle.

Every ticket helps support the Museum during this difficult time https://bit.ly/33gRvIf

Stay Home is a national collecting project, documenting how our home lives have changed during the coronavirus pandemic....
02/12/2020
Stay Home student questions | Museum of the Home

Stay Home is a national collecting project, documenting how our home lives have changed during the coronavirus pandemic.

We're particularly keen to hear from students about their experiences bit.ly/3eIvkiR

Around a fifth of young women have been sexually abused or exploited while out of stable accommodation.We must take acti...
01/12/2020
Behind the Door

Around a fifth of young women have been sexually abused or exploited while out of stable accommodation.

We must take action to ensure that women facing homelessness receive the support they need.

Find out more about Behind the Door https://bit.ly/2J53DVC

Ahead of our reopening in early 2021, our retail team are working on bespoke collections for our new shop.The Fruits of ...
29/11/2020

Ahead of our reopening in early 2021, our retail team are working on bespoke collections for our new shop.

The Fruits of East London, by designer Sophia Frances, incorporates national flowers of local communities and will be used on a range of products.

#MuseumShopSunday Museum Shop Sunday

We can’t wait for our new café to open next year and are delighted the building has been shortlisted for the People's Ch...
25/11/2020
Hackney Design Awards | Hackney Council

We can’t wait for our new café to open next year and are delighted the building has been shortlisted for the People's Choice Award in the the Hackney Design Awards.

It’s a sensitive restoration of a Victorian building: find out more and cast your vote https://bit.ly/33b1YFg

Announcing the Museum of the Home fundraising raffle 🎉Brighten up your home with fabulous, one-of-a-kind items from accl...
25/11/2020
Museum of the Home

Announcing the Museum of the Home fundraising raffle 🎉

Brighten up your home with fabulous, one-of-a-kind items from acclaimed designer Luke Edward Hall. All money raised will go towards supporting the Museum at this difficult time.

Buy your raffle tickets: https://bit.ly/33gRvIf

Every eight minutes a child in Britain becomes homeless: we want to change this. We’re working with the London Homeless ...
24/11/2020
Behind the Door

Every eight minutes a child in Britain becomes homeless: we want to change this.

We’re working with the London Homeless Collective to raise funds and awareness of female and family homelessness https://bit.ly/2J53DVC

Help Museum of the Home raise money to support Museum of the Home

We’re looking for 14–24 year olds living in Hoxton and Shoreditch to take part in an exciting new dance project with Stu...
08/11/2020

We’re looking for 14–24 year olds living in Hoxton and Shoreditch to take part in an exciting new dance project with Studio Wayne McGregor and the Shoreditch Trust exploring different meanings of home.

To find out more contact [email protected]

04/11/2020
Shelf Life

What’s on display in your home?

Shelf Life, directed by Mina Salimi, explores how east London residents express their identities through the things they display in their homes

Watch the full film https://bit.ly/3mBp1jX

#ShelfLife

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136 Kingsland Road,
London
E2 8EA

Buses: 67, 149, 242, 243, 394 Hoxton Overground (2mins walk). Underground: Liverpool Street (Bishopsgate exit) then bus 149 or 242. Old Street (exit 2) then bus 242 or 15 mins walk. British Rail: Hoxton (London Overground) 2 minutes walk Liverpool Street or Dalston Kingsland Parking: Very limited meter places available locally. Parking for disabled visitors is available in front of the museum 10.00am - 4.00pm.

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Re Sir Goeffry statue Dear Robin A solution may be sort just by telling the truth. Erect a plaque under the statute stating a few facts about the man. He was merely a trader and much to our historical shame the rulers of our isles at the time saw and sort only profit (it took Wilberforce and many others a long time to have the trade abolished. Did you know we the british people have only just recently paid off the debt/ remunerations to the descendants of the slave traders... Do include that on the plaque please)
We are shocked to read of the distortion of the Board of the Museum of the Home with regard to the Robert Geffrye statue. The survey result clearly asks for it to be taken down and replaced in the museum as part of the local history of save trading. The Board should be replaced. How many other areas of history have they distorted and misled the public?
take the statue down. This is what we said we wanted and you ignored us.
Hackney Stand Up to Racism and Fascism ask If the University og Glasgow get it then Why can't you Museum of the Home? #GeffryeMustFall #blacklivesmatter
Never mind what Oliver Dowden wants. You asked the people and Hackney and we said #GeffryeMustFall.
I had high hopes that the decision to keep the Geffrye instead of remove it, as was unanimously voted for by the publis, would be reversed. It seems though that there's more to this than meets the eye. Please have the courage to do what is right, take a step forward into creating a better world. Yes, it is THAT IMPORTANT. Please remove the Geffrye statue.
I'm shocked that your board basically bowed to pressure from a government minster and ignored the outcome of the public consultation about the statue of Geffrye.
Not entirely happy about Museum's decision not to remove statue of Robert Geffrye from the museum facade despite a majority of consultation respondees favouring its removal. One asks "why bother with a consultation"? Personally, I will be watching closely for evidence of creative response, interpretation and structural changes in staffing to aim for appropriate BAME representation at all levels promised in their response to the consultation decision.
Just sent this to the Hackney Gazette: "It is disgraceful that the Board of Trustees of The Museum of the Home (formerly the Geffrye Museum) have announced they will NOT be removing the statue of the slaver Sir Robert Geffrye from its pedestal at the front of the museum building. The Trustees acknowledge that the odious Geffrye made his fortune from his links with the East India Company and the Royal African Company and "profited directly from the buying and selling of human beings." The Museum’s trustees announced they were considering removing Geffrye’s statue after BLACK LIVES MATTER protesters took direct action to remove a statue of Bristol slaver Edward Colston in June. Colston’s statue stood for 120 years before it was overthrown in minutes by people who could no longer stomach a monument glorifying a monster who got rich from the enslavement and transportation of 84,000 men, women and children. In the wake of this action a statue to the 18th century slave trader Robert Milligan was removed from its place outside the Museum of London Docklands when officials decided “it was no longer acceptable to the local community.” With many institutions reviewing their own memorials to notorious slavers, The Museum of the Home launched a public consultation over the status of the statue of Geffrye which stands over their museum. But though the Trustees admit “the response was in favour of removing the statue” they have decided to leave it where it is arguing: “The Board feels that the Museum should reinterpret and contextualise the statue where it is to create a powerful platform for debate about the connection between the buildings and transatlantic slavery. The Museum has a responsibility to reflect and debate history accurately and in doing so to confront, challenge and learn from the uncomfortable truths of the origins of the Museum buildings.” The trustees of The Museum of the Home are being disingenuous in their arguments about why Geffrye’s statue will not fall. It is not necessary for Geffrye’s statue to remain on its plinth in order for a process of learning from “uncomfortable truths” to proceed. The statue can be removed and displayed in the museum with a full inventory of Geffrye’s links with the slave trade next to it. Edward Colston’s statue is bound for a museum where his role in the slave trade will be fully exposed. Geffrye’s statue should have the same fate. To call a public consultation on the fate of Geffrye’s statue and to then ignore the demand for the statue to fall suggest the whole thing was a deeply cynical exercise designed to buy time in the hope the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement would dissipate and it would be business as usual. Others have made the error that the BLACK LIVES MATTER uprising is a “moment” rather than a “movement”. That movement will stay active and will see all statues glorifying those who traded in human beings fall. Because Black Lives Matter and slavers should never, ever, be glorified.
If memory serves, I've been to this museum three times. I knew nothing of how Geffrye got his money. Now I know, I wouldn't go back there while his statue stood. Pull it down. Put it in a museum of slavery.
Hope they decide to move the statue of Robert Geffrye inside the museum with an explanation of who he was and how he made his wealth - slavery.