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Still time to catch this great exhibition at the Design Museum. ‘Home Futures’ runs until March.
Explore today’s home through the prism of yesterday’s imagination. Are we living in the way that pioneering architects and designers throughout the 20th century predicted, or has our idea of home proved resistant to real change?
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Whether you love brutalism, are interested in architecture, love the Barbican or just love history of buildings then book in for one of the exciting and informative tours of the Barbican area and architecture.
Follow our Barbican guide on a 90-minute walking tour as you explore the Barbican and discover the fascinating history behind the building of the Centre and the surrounding estate.
How much concrete was used? Why is it called ‘Barbican’? Why is the lake so green…?
Walking along the Barbican highwalks, you’ll learn more about the construction, design and influence of the estate, along with surprising and rarely seen sights and discoveries plus little known insights into this unique architectural endeavour.
From concrete styles to architectural motifs and insightful facts, our Architecture tour will leave you thinking and looking at the Barbican from a fresh perspective…
Architecture Tours are available throughout the year. If you are planning your visit beyond the dates available online, please contact our Box Office on 0207 638 8891 for further information on future tours.
home: event [ Christmas past at Geffrye Museum ]
Step back in time with historic interiors given the festive overhaul. See how real people decorated their homes at Christmas at the exhibition running from November to January at the Geffrye Museum in East London. Get inspired for your home with period details from Christmas Past
The Geffrye is in Hoxton, East London. Admission to the museum is free.
The nearest Overground and Underground stations are Hoxton, Liverpool Street and Old Street.
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
Bank Holiday Mondays 10am – 5pm
Closed Mondays (unless Bank Holiday), Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day
The period gardens and herb garden will close for winter at 5pm Sunday 29 October. The front gardens are open until 5pm all year round
The café is open until 4.45pm
The shop is open during museum hours
Exciting news … We are about to embark on a transformational £18m development project – Unlocking the Geffrye – which will mean the museum will close on 7 January 2018 for almost two years. Although the main museum building and period gardens will be closed, there will still be plenty of reasons to come to the Geffrye. Throughout closure we will run a busy programme of events, activities and installations in our front gardens. The restored almshouse will also be open for tours on certain dates throughout the year.
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Visit the Geoffrye Museum for their latest step back in time for interiors. There are various opening dates and times for this special exhibition, onwards from April 19th, with audio guides available. Visit their calendar of events for full listings.
Geffrye’s restored 18th-century almshouse, which has been taken back to its original condition and offers a rare glimpse into the lives of London’s poor and elderly in the 1780s and 1880s.
‘An almshouse is charitable housing provided to enable people (typically elderly people who can no longer work to earn enough to pay rent) to live in a particular community.’
home: found this [ books ]
We love a slow mooch around a museum shop, but usually only when we have been to a particular exhibition.
This shouldn’t be the case and we should treat them as actual shops, considering the majority of our museums and galleries are free. Also take advantage of the online museum shops, especially if your looking for books.
A good design book can not only give informative text and pictures, but they usually always look nice – something you want to have out on display.
We had a look at the Design Museum website and found a great selection of books for interiors lovers. Use the menu to navigate the particular topic like Product Design or Architecture and find some inspiring coffee table books to dip into at any time.
Another great museum shop for books is the Barbican with fascinating reads including titles exploring concrete architecture and suburbia life.
So next time you are looking for a gift or an inspiring read for yourself, head to a museum shop, you won’t be disappointed.