Christmas Past

The Geffrye Museum of the Home

22 November 2016 – 8 January 2017

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This exhibition has been mounted annually at the 'museum of the home' for over 20 years, with on-going research into the history of Christmas adding new dimensions each time.

Authentic festive decorations adorn the Geffrye's period rooms providing a glimpse into the ways Christmas has been celebrated in English middle-class homes over the past 400 years.

Artefacts on display trace the origins and meanings of some of the 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 museum says that many visitors return year after year, as the display has become 'an essential part of their own Yuletide traditions'.

Venue information

Opening times

The museum is closed to the public for a major, transformational development project. It will reopen in winter 2019.
During closure, the restored almshouse will remain open for tours and a full programme of events will be run in the front gardens.

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