Christmas Past

7 Dec

The Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch is one of the most delightful places in London.  It’s a small but perfectly formed Museum of front rooms, from 1600 to the present day.  Christmas is without doubt the best time to visit, as each of the room sets are decorated in period style with lovely attention to detail and information boards describing how the event was celebrated by people in each era.  In the Stuart era, there’s plenty of Pagan greenery and sweetmeats decorated with glittery gold leaf, the Georgians had an afternoon of music and a grand Twelfth Night Cake with a dried pea and bean hidden inside, to determine who would be King and Queen for the day.

Our family favourite is the Victorian room which is full of beautiful wooden toys, a tabletop tree decorated with musical instruments, flags and candles and Christmas carol music on the piano.  It looks like every picture of Christmas you’ve ever seen in old story books.

The 1960’s room brings back memories of mine and Steve’s childhood Christmases with paper chains, Thunderbirds toys and a tree with multicoloured lights.  Although I hasten to add that I wasn’t actually born in the 1960’s.

And how we laughed at the huge cathode ray tube TV in the year 2000 room.  Until we remembered that we still have one of those in OUR sitting room…

A pre-Christmas visit to the Geffrye is the best possible thing to get you in the festive mood, even if you are feeling a bit Scroogy.  Now where did I put those giant, tissue paper, concertina, ceiling decorations and the Slade CD?


7 Responses to “Christmas Past”

  1. Metropolitan Mum 07/12/2009 at 4:21 pm #

    I love those kind of museums. Guess there are plenty of stairs? Or is it pushchair friendly?

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 07/12/2009 at 10:28 pm #

      No, most of it is on one level, with step free access. They also have a great cafe and good children’s activities at weekends!

  2. angelsandurchinsblog 07/12/2009 at 6:45 pm #

    You are soooo good at exploring London! Do you spend every weekend doing something new? Before you head off on your travels we’ll have to try and persuade you into a guest blog on your top ten London and what you’ll be happy to get back to.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 07/12/2009 at 10:33 pm #

      I do like going out, otherwise I get bored with endless walks around Clapham Common. However we go back to the same places a lot, I used to work near the Geffrye and went in my lunch hour quite often. I’ll hold you to a top 10 things to do in London post!

  3. clareybabble 08/12/2009 at 12:09 am #

    What a great museum, I love looking at the past like this, makes it more fun.
    We have a CRT TV too, it’s massive!

  4. Heather on her travels 16/01/2010 at 10:39 am #

    So glad you enjoyed the Geffrye at christmas – it’s a real hidden gem in East London and window into the lives of the past through their domestic furnishings.


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