The Geffrye Museum in East London has appointed architects for the next phase of its £14m development.
"With record visitor numbers of over 110,000
people last year, the museum must evolve to offer the best possible
experience for its visitors," said a spokesman at the museum, which
celebrates its centenary this year.
That means creating new spaces for the
museum's collections and library, a gallery, café and conference
facilities, as well as a new entrance opposite Hoxton station to
improve access. The aim is to open the redeveloped site in
Previous plans were thwarted following
opposition to a proposal to demolish a disused former pub, The
Marquis of Lansdowne. It will now be integrated within the overall
design, and restored for use as a café or a shop.
The Geffrye, set in Grade I listed former
almshouses surrounded by gardens, explores the homes of the British
urban middle classes from 1600 to the present day, through a series
of period living rooms.
Centenary celebrations include the
exhibition Useful + beautiful: contemporary design for the
home, which highlights the work of current designers and
celebrates one of the museum's original purposes - to inspire the
local furniture-making industry. It runs from April 29 until August
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