Geffrye Museum Redevelopment London, Kingsland Road Building Design, Architect News, Photo

Geffrye Museum, ‘Unlocking the Geffrye’

Grant for Shoreditch Building Project, East London design by Wright & Wright Architects, England, UK

27 + 22 Mar 2017

Geffrye Museum Building Expansion

Funding for Geffrye Museum Redevelopment

A £12.3million National Lottery grant has been awarded to The Ge ffrye Museum of the Home in East London for its ambitious expansion plans.

The Unlocking the Geffrye development will greatly improve access and enhance the experience of visitors to the museum’s Grade I listed buildings and gardens in Hoxton.

Geffrye Museum Building design
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Sonia Solicari, Director of the Geffrye, said: “This National Lottery grant is a massive boost and endorsement for the project, for which we are hugely grateful.”

Ambitious project

Once the £18.1m redevelopment project is completed in 2019, 70% of the museum’s buildings will be open to the public, as opposed to the current 30%.

New spaces within the existing museum buildings, including a gallery, library and central reception, plus built learning and event spaces, will enable the museum to welcome up to 50% more visitors each year.

Shoreditch Building design by Wright & Wright Architects

“This National Lottery grant is a massive boost and endorsement for the project, for which we are hugely grateful.”Sonia Solicari, Geffrye Director

Broadening the experience

A wider range of existing collections will be brought out of storage giving the museum greater scope to explore the theme of ‘home’.

Sir Peter Luff, Chair of HLF said: “This is an imaginative project to improve the Geffrye’s capacity to tell the evolving story of British domestic life over the last three centuries. The existing site’s combination of historic buildings, collections, period rooms and gardens will be greatly enhanced thanks to major support from the National Lottery. Close to Hoxton Station and with plans for a new café and other improved visitor facilities, the Geffrye is set to become a focal point for heritage and culture in the East End of London.”

Geffrye Museum Building design by Wright & Wright Architects


Planning for the project was secured in July 2016.

The Geffrye now needs to raise a further £1.5m in order to start work on site in early 2018. It will then close for an 18-month period and reopen in late 2019.


5 Jul 2017

Geffrye Museum Building in Shoreditch

Geffrye Museum Shoreditch

Founded by Sir Robert Geffrye, the museum is a former site of almshouses built to house the financially insecure elderly from 1714.

1965 Highgate estate living room
Geffrye Museum Building, Shoreditch London |
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Geffrye Museum Building in London

8 Jul 2016

Geffrye Museum, ‘Unlocking the Geffrye’ News

Geffrye Museum Redevelopment

£15m proposals by Wright & Wright Architects to develop the Geffrye Museum have been approved by Hackney Council.

Founded in 1914, this is a museum specialising in the history of the English domestic interior. Named after Sir Robert Geffrye, a former Lord Mayor of London and Master of the Ironmongers’ Company, it is located on Kingsland Road in Shoreditch, London.

The main body of the museum is housed in the Grade I-listed almshouses of the Ironmongers’ Company, built in 1714 thanks to a bequest by Geffrye.

Geffrye Museum Building design

The museum was extended in 1998 with an innovative yet architecturally sympathetic new wing designed by Branson Coates Architects.

According to the architects:

“On our appointment to the project, David Dewing, Director of the museum, said:

“Wright & Wright Architects are an excellent choice for the museum; they have a strong record of award-winning work with heritage buildings, sensitive sites and complex problems. They are listeners and have the interests of visitors, users and the general public at heart. We are looking forward to working in partnership with our local and wider communities”.

Work is now progressing towards the HLF Stage 1 application.”

Geffrye Museum Building London
photo : Geffrye Museum (GM)

The architects were appointed in 2014. Campaigners opposed the plans by David Chipperfield Architects because of a plan to demolish a derelict Victorian pub at the corner of the site.

Kingsland Road Museum Building
photo : Adrian Welch

The plans seek to solve the access and circulation problems at the museum building.

East London Museum Building design

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Website: Wright & Wright Architects

18 Sep 2011

Geffrye Museum

Address: 136 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8EA
Phone: 020 7739 9893

Photographs © architect Adrian Welch, taken on 17 Sep 2011

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News Update – 27 Jul 2009

Winner: David Chipperfield Architects

Approximate construction cost: £18.9m proposal

23 Apr 2009

Shortlist for architect’s feasibility study for a new building to develop the Geffrye Museum:

David Chipperfield Architects
Long & Kentish Architects
O’Donnell & Tuomey Architects

Exterior of the Geffrye Museum almshouses:
Geffrye Museum almshouses
photo : GM

Location: Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, East London, England

Heritage Lottery Fund application was due to be made in Sep 2009

Longlist for Redevelopment Initial Design:

David Chipperfield
Dixon Jones
Long & Kentish
O’Donnell & Tuomey
Stanton Williams
Wilkinson Eyre

Branson Coates staircase in the new extension of this Shoreditch building:
Branson Coates staircase London
picture : Nicholas Kane / GM

Geffrye Museum Extension
Date: 1998
Design: Branson Coates

Address: 136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA

David Chipperfield architect for the redevelopment design.

The museum shows the changing style of the English domestic interior in a series of eleven displayed period rooms from 1600 to the present day. The emphasis is on the furnishings, pictures, and ornaments of the urban middle classes of London. The museum focuses on the history of domestic interiors.

In addition, the museum has some eighteenth and nineteenth-century almshouse rooms on display, showing part of the building in its original guise as accommodation for the deserving poor.

It is based in a terrace of Grade I-listed 18th-century almshouses in Hoxton.

In 2011 funding was secured of £13.2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund to build an extension which is due to open in 2015.
Source: wikipedia

Location: 136 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA, England, UK

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