Christmas Past

A loft-style apartment in 1998.2.photo by Steve Speller

A loft-style apartment in 1998.2.photo by Steve Speller

400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Homes

Geffrye Museum
136 Kingsland Road
Shoreditch
London E2 8EA

Tuesday 25 November 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015

Each year, the Geffrye Museum’s eleven period living rooms are transformed with authentic festive decorations, lighting, music and greenery to give visitors a magical glimpse into how Christmas has been celebrated in English middle-class homes over the past 400 years.  A perennial favourite, many visitors say that the Christmas Past exhibition has become an essential part of their own Yuletide traditions.

Step back through the centuries and discover the origins and meanings of some of the rich and vibrant traditions of Christmas past, from feasting, dancing and kissing under the mistletoe to playing parlour games, hanging up stockings, sending cards, decorating the tree and throwing cocktail parties.

Christmas Past, Geffrye Museum 2014. The birth of the Christmas Tree in the Victorian Era

Christmas Past, Geffrye Museum 2014. The birth of the Christmas Tree in the Victorian Era

The accompanying programme of events will focus on the 18th century in celebration of the tri-centenary of the museum’s almshouse buildings. Festive food will be served in the café and visitors can browse for unusual gifts, cards and Christmas decorations in the shop.

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Geffrye Museum, Christmas Past Exhibition 2014

Geffrye Museum, Christmas Past Exhibition 2014

RELATED EVENTS

To book for ticketed events contact 020 7739 9893 or bookings@geffrye-museum.org.uk

Exhibition Talk: Christmas Past in Focus

Explore Georgian Christmas traditions in this informal gallery talk.

Saturday 13 December, 11.30am and 3pm. Free

ALL AGES

 Open Evening: A Georgian Christmas

Enjoy Christmas Past by candlelight, listen to festive music, learn about seasonal entertainments or bring children to a decoration-making workshop. Enjoy a festive supper in the café or browse in the shop. Come and be merry!

Thursday 4 December, 5-8pm.  Free

 Farewell to Christmas

Join in the Geffrye’s traditional burning of the holly and the ivy, with carol singing, stories about Epiphany and a taste of mulled wine and Twelfth Night cake. Please note that this event takes place in the garden, so wrap up warm!

Tuesday 6 January, 3.30-5pm.  Free

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