September 22, 2007

Geffrye Museum a Hidden Treasure

Today we discovered a hidden treasure the Geffrye Museum in East London. They were hosting a fantastic ceramics sale and we purchased some cool pieces.

More about the museum. It displays examples of middle class housing and decor from 1600 to present. I think they should do an exhibition on the impact of Ikea on middle class decor. Image to the right is their keyhole logo. Clever.
Most impressive was the building. "It is set in elegant 18th century almshouses with a contemporary wing surrounded by attractive gardens, which include an award-winning walled herb garden and a series of period gardens." states the website. Apparently an almshouse is a poor house.

What I liked was that it was an old space made new. The property has a large yard for picnics and herb gardens for wandering. Plus, a fab restaurant overlooking the gardens. This photo is of a lovely porch with a beautiful painted mural, seats inviting you to sit and a garden library for perusing.