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The Geffrye Museum

Life in the Almshouse wasn’t one of the worst options in the 1700s; pensioners would get a coal allowance and a set of new clothes each year. However, it was by no means an easy life for the residents, with no less than 29 rules they were expected to follow including cleaning responsibilities, curfews and regular attendance at chapel.


Ageing with Courage: What was life like for pensioners at the Geffrye Almshouses?
11.00am - 4.30pm
Visits to the restored Almshouse are free - More information

Due to rapid industrialisation Shoreditch had become one of the most poor and overcrowded parts of London, in the early 20th century the pensioners petitioned to move from the area and won. The Ironmongers’ Company decided to sell the property and relocated the Almshouses to Kent.

Visit the Geffrye Almshouse for London History day and discover how the pensioners would have lived in 1700s and 1800s with the Geffrye’s friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. Be immersed in the restored period rooms and examine a collection of objects that the pensioners would likely have used in their daily life at our handling station. For younger visitors, Geffrye Explorers will available with lots of fun activities to do in the garden.

Visits to the restored Almshouse are free.

Bed, armchair and fireplace
1880s room in Geffrye restored almshouse (credit: Hannah Taylor)

Maximum capacity in the building is 16, we will be operating a one in one out system. The main museum is closed for a transformational development. Last entry 4.15pm.

Please note that owing to the museum's listed building status, the restored historic almshouse has no step free access - Object Handling & Geffrye Explorers will be on front lawns.

More information


The Geffrye Museum
136 Kingsland Road
London E2 8EA

The Geffrye Museum

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