Museum of the Home

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Help us rethink the Rooms Through Time at the Museum.At the moment they tell the story of the English middle classes but...
31/03/2021

Help us rethink the Rooms Through Time at the Museum.

At the moment they tell the story of the English middle classes but we’re looking for people who live or work in east London to help us re-imagine them and bring in different voices.

We’re holding a virtual event on Tuesday 20th April at 5pm to explain more about the project.

For information and to book your place, please email [email protected] with a couple of sentences about why you would like to work with the Museum.

This is a paid opportunity.

Our fundraising auction is now closed – we raised an incredible £41,461: this will go towards supporting our #BehindtheD...
25/03/2021

Our fundraising auction is now closed – we raised an incredible £41,461: this will go towards supporting our #BehindtheDoor campaign with the London Homeless Collective.

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who placed a bid and shared the auction with their friends and followers – we couldn’t have done it with you.

To find out more about the campaign and to donate https://bit.ly/2HcxLOd

So here we are – one year on...On 23 March 2020, we went into lockdown.We asked you to tell us how your home life was ch...
23/03/2021
Stay home stories | Museum of the Home

So here we are – one year on...

On 23 March 2020, we went into lockdown.

We asked you to tell us how your home life was changing for our #StayHome collecting project.

You told us stories of love, loss and adaptation. Read some of them here: https://bit.ly/2yYi1ub

In Britain, a child is forced into homelessness every eight minutes: this figure is shocking. We’re working with the Lon...
22/03/2021
Museum of the Home Fundraising Website

In Britain, a child is forced into homelessness every eight minutes: this figure is shocking.

We’re working with the London Homeless Collective to tackle the issues faced by women and families experiencing homelessness in the UK: find out more: https://bit.ly/3vC5BjW

Said the Sun to the Moon is an exclusive print designed in collaboration between poet and author Lemn Sissay and artist ...
21/03/2021
Museum of the Home

Said the Sun to the Moon is an exclusive print designed in collaboration between poet and author Lemn Sissay and artist and designer Morag Myerscough.

Buy this print today and support our #BehindtheDoor campaign in partnership with the London Homeless Collective https://bit.ly/38###qC

Our fundraising auction is now open: place your bids and help support our #BehindtheDoor campaign in partnership with th...
19/03/2021
Museum of the Home Fundraising Website

Our fundraising auction is now open: place your bids and help support our #BehindtheDoor campaign in partnership with the London Homeless Collective.

Over 40 leading creatives and designers have donated prizes to the auction, ranging from ceramics and individual pieces of art, to studio tours and bespoke experiences https://bit.ly/3vC5BjW

Treat your loved ones this Mother's Day and help us to rewild our small patch of Hoxton.Sponsor some wildflowers, a herb...
08/03/2021
Sow a seed

Treat your loved ones this Mother's Day and help us to rewild our small patch of Hoxton.

Sponsor some wildflowers, a herb plant or even a whole flower bed in the gardens of the Museum of the Home https://bit.ly/3dm5cf7

Happy #worldbookday📚Where do you store your most beloved tomes? There's a high chance they're on a Billy. Developed in t...
04/03/2021
Objects that have transformed our homes | Museum of the Home

Happy #worldbookday📚

Where do you store your most beloved tomes? There's a high chance they're on a Billy. Developed in the 1970s by IKEA, the bookcase is one of the Swedish brand's most popular items.

It's one of our domestic game changers: the everyday items behind some of the major transformations in our homes.

https://bit.ly/2Ohudh1

Every eight minutes a child in Britain becomes homeless: we want to change this.We’re working with the London Homeless C...
02/03/2021
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

Countdown to spring: just over three weeks to go ⏰Get Blue Cornflower seeds for your garden when you sponsor wildflowers...
27/02/2021
Sow a seed

Countdown to spring: just over three weeks to go ⏰

Get Blue Cornflower seeds for your garden when you sponsor wildflowers, fruit trees and other plants in the gardens of the Museum of the Home

https://bit.ly/3dm5cf7

Photo © Terry Lucas

Our fundraising auction begins next month and features prizes from leading designers and creatives including Faye Toogoo...
25/02/2021
Museum of the Home

Our fundraising auction begins next month and features prizes from leading designers and creatives including Faye Toogood, Anya Hindmarch, Skye McAlpine and many more.

All funds raised will go towards our #BehindtheDoor campaign, working with the London Homeless Collective to tackle female and family homelessness.

Sign up for auction updates: https://bit.ly/3kdVNYs

There are only 30 days left until the first day of spring 🌼Help us replant the gardens at the Museum of the Home and get...
18/02/2021
Sow a seed

There are only 30 days left until the first day of spring 🌼

Help us replant the gardens at the Museum of the Home and get Blue Cornflower seeds for your own garden when you sponsor wildflowers or fruit trees https://bit.ly/3dm5cf7

Photo © Terry Lucas

During these extraordinary times, our homes have never been more important. But what's the future of home life?We’re loo...
03/02/2021
A new opportunity | Museum of the Home

During these extraordinary times, our homes have never been more important. But what's the future of home life?

We’re looking for a dynamic artist or collective to respond to our #StayHome collecting project.

⏰Expressions of interest by 8 February https://bit.ly/36abV7v

What's the view like from your window? Signs of spring? Or perhaps snow.Try our new family activities, inspired by objec...
01/02/2021
Write an acrostic poem | Museum of the Home

What's the view like from your window? Signs of spring? Or perhaps snow.

Try our new family activities, inspired by objects in our collection, like this watercolour of a roof garden in Kensington.
https://bit.ly/2WtwTcI

Activities for children aged 5+, to do with their parents, carers or siblings

How do you like to hibernate at home?We've designed activities for children aged 5+, to do with their parents, carers or...
27/01/2021
Make a zine | Museum of the Home

How do you like to hibernate at home?

We've designed activities for children aged 5+, to do with their parents, carers or siblings.

They're inspired by objects in our collections, like this ceramic Polar Bear designed by John Skeaping in 1927.

https://bit.ly/3c04fZe

Activities for children aged 5+, to do with their parents, carers or siblings

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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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I saw a programme about this museum on TV, they were mentioning the furnature trade there my great great grandad was a cabinet maker,his name was William James Jansen, I think he was Dutch or Belgium, the period was 1850/60s circa .I was just wondering if you could please tell if there was any archives of him at your museum. He married Margaret fox.they had my great nan Agnes Mary Jansen, and my great aunt Mary.i think they were Jewish thanks for your help
Museum of the Home - You consulted the people about your statue of slaver Geffrye and over 71% said it should come down from its plinth. Yet it stays up. The City of London held a public consultation over what should be done with the statues of slavers -particularly the state of the slavers Cass and Beckford - and 75% said they should come down. And they are coming down. If the City of London can do it - you can do it. Please do the right thing. #GeffryeMustFall
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.