400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Homes
136 Kingsland Road
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.
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.
To book for ticketed events contact 020 7739 9893 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibition Talk: Christmas Past in Focus
Explore Georgian Christmas traditions in this informal gallery talk.
Saturday 13 December, 11.30am and 3pm. Free
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