Music at the Geffrye Museum

 

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To celebrate the range and breadth of museums across the country, more than 300 museums, galleries and cultural institutions have joined forces to bring #MuseumWeek to Twitter!

This week, museums everywhere are posting behind-the-scenes photos and giving us an insight into the lives of specialists as they sift through thousands of archives, restore the most beautiful tapestries and curate weird and wonderful objects from our past.

As we’re bringing music to the Geffrye Museum this summer with Night at the Museum, we thought you might enjoy this little peek into their collection. The photo below is of their Room 6 display, a drawing room from 1870. In the Victorian period, families would have gathered around the piano to sing popular songs for entertainment. To have a closer look at the rooms, check out the Geffrye Museum’s 360° virtual tours.

Geffrye Museum, London: Photograph by John Hammond.

Geffrye Museum, London: Photograph by John Hammond.

A living room in 1935 (detailing a gramophone) Credit:  Geffrye Museum of the Home/Chris Ridley.

Geffrye Museum, a living room in 1935: Photograph by Chris Ridley.

A living room in 1965 (with transistor radio on the shelf): photograph by Chris Ridley.

Geffrye Museum, a living room in 1965 (with transistor radio on the shelf): Photograph by Chris Ridley.

Geffrye Museum, a parlour in 1695 (not currently showing): Photograph by Steve Speller.

Geffrye Museum, a parlour in 1695 (the instrument is only displayed during their Christmas Past exhibition): Photograph by Steve Speller.

On Wednesday 11 June, talented performers from the Royal Academy of Music will present a series of intimate recitals responding to the rooms in the museum.  Enjoy a glass of wine as you hear three musical reflections bringing together the baroque with the present day. Book tickets via our website or by calling 020 7377 1362.

If you want to know more about #MuseumWeek, see the schedule below:

24 Monday: #DayInTheLife – an insider view of what goes on behind the scenes on a typical day at the museum

25 Tuesday: #MuseumMastermind – museums will ask questions, pose riddles and create quizzes to test the general public’s knowledge

26 Wednesday: #MuseumMemories – a day for museum pros and audiences to share their favourite museum stories and memorable visits

27 Thursday: #BehindTheArt – a day focusing on the structure, architecture and history behind the institutions involved

28 Friday: #AskTheCurator – an opportunity for arts fans to connect directly with those creating and curating the exhibitions you see every week

 

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