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INSIGHTExhibition Review Kate West’s quarterly review of the Arts scene in and around the Barbican

The Geffrye Museum Ch

ristmas Past 400 Y ears of Seasonal T

English Homes Until 6th January

T Ch explores

he Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch is celebrating the festive season with its annual ristmas Past exhibition which many

of our seasonal

traditions and customs. As usual, the eleven period rooms are decorated in date-appropriate Christmas


The Geffrye Museum Bruss – Steiff bear in 1910 drawing room

Credit: Geffrye Museum/ James O’Davies

giving visitors the opportunity to see what Christmas would have looked like in English middle-class homes over the past 400 years. The exhibition investigates the meanings and origins of many of our Christmas traditions such as kissing under the mistletoe, decorating the tree, sending cards, hanging up stockings and throwing cocktail parties. The Geffrye’s ongoing original research into the history of Christmas adds a new dimension to the displays each year. Festive food is served in the museum

restaurant for the duration of the exhibition and unusual gifts, decorations and cards can be found amongst the eclectic mix in the museum’s brilliant shop. The Geffrye will be hosting a number of associated events and activities for all ages throughout the festive season, including Christmas Greenery and Advent Wreath workshops.


highlight event this year will be the candlelit V

ictorian Ch ristmas Open

Evening on 6th December, a free event from 5pm - 8pm, featuring live music and a decoration-making workshop for children. The regular Concert by Candleligh

raditions in


celebration, which includes

annual Twelfth Night carol

singing, Epiphany stories, burning of the holly and the ivy and a taste of mulled wine and Twelfth Night cake. Farewell to Ch

ristmas is on Sunday 6th

January, 3.30pm -5pm, free admission and remember to wrap up warm as the event takes place in the museum’s garden.


will take place on 12th December at 8pm, an evening of beautiful a capella Christmas music performed by Bocca Aperta by the Christmas tree in the museum’s reading room. Tickets £15 in advance include a glass of sherry or port and a mince pie. Bringing the exhibition to a close is Farewell to Ch

ristmas, the Geffrye’s 30

The Geffrye Museum of the Home 136 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch E2 Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays Noon - 5pm Closed 24th-26th December 2012 and 1st January 2013 Please check Christmas opening hours prior to visiting Admission: Free

Sir John Soane’s Museum Giving Our Past a Future: Th

e W ork of th T e W Until 26th January

he winter exhibition at the Soane Museum combines rare and seldom-exhibited artefacts

from the Soane’s own collections with important loans from leading museums and private collections in order to highlight the work of the World Monuments Fund Britain (WMFB)- the leading NGO for the protection of our cultural heritage. This exhibition looks at the Fund’s work at five of the country’s most important historic sites, Hampton Court Palace, St George’s Bloomsbury, Coventry Cathedral, Strawberry Hill and Stowe House. Here JMW Turner’s watercolour of St George’s Bloomsbury is juxtaposed with recent photographs of

orld Monuments Fund

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