Getting to know... Geffrye Museum

  • 12 December 2011

The Geffrye is a firm London favourite and to celebrate the return of its Christmas Past exhibition we thought we should get to know the museum a little better...

A drawing room in 1830 Photographed by Chris Ridley

A drawing room in 1830

The Geffrye Museum is a firm London favourite and to celebrate the return of its Christmas Past exhibition we thought we should get to know it a little better...

Age: My body is 297 years old but I’ve had a bit of work done and changed my identity in 1914 – so I'm really only 97!

Three words to describe yourself are... Charming, intimate, quirky

Most treasured possession? ‘Changing Homes’ by George Elgar Hicks, a painting packed with narrative and emotion showing a mass of interior detail

Most famous visitor? Yoko Ono

Best café creation? Salmon fishcakes with leek and spinach sauce – English comfort food

Any house pets? Felines in the wilds of our period gardens frequently make a play for domestication and a cosy home in our period rooms

Do you have a museum crush? The National Gallery – the number of true beauties in there are overwhelming and awe-inspiring

Anything you dislike about appearance? I’m long and thin and sometimes my treasures are difficult to see

You're most happy when... visitors tell me that I am London’s hidden gem