Spring Clean Workshop at the Geffrye


Saturday 21 May, 2-4pm
£16 / £13 concessions

The Geffrye Museum of the Home

136 Kingsland Road
E2 8EA

Keeping homes clean, fresh-smelling and free from insects and pests in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries called for hard physical labour and decent technical knowledge to prepare and use a whole range of cleaning products and tools.

Recipe books contained a litany of cookery, medical and household recipes, so mistresses and their servants could be instructed within a single volume on boiling a cod’s head (remove the blood and gills and serve garnished with fried oysters), “restoring life to drowned persons” (don’t roll them on casks or subject them to other rough usage) as well as making pot-pourri, removing stains from linen and grease spots from books.

Learn more about the lives of domestic servants in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  Explore some of the recipes and advice aimed at servants in books from the museum’s collection with curator Hannah Fleming, then use herbs and natural ingredients to make moth bags and furniture polish in a workshop with gardener Cathy Maund

To book tickets:

or 020 7749 6024