Although the museum is closed and we won't be decorating our rooms for Christmas, we're thrilled to bring these festive events to the Geffrye, which will take place in our Georgian room.
17 November, 1 December 2018, 14.00-16.00
Screen Printing Workshop - Print Your Own Wrapping Paper & Christmas Cards
Take this introductory lesson in screen printing and learn to print your own wrapping paper and Christmas cards. Choose from a wide range of designs and colours using high-quality materials to make your own unique, handmade items. Perfect for making your gifts stand out this year and adding a personal touch to your festive mail. No experience needed and all materials are provided. Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Book in advance to secure your place.
22 November 2018, 14.45, 17.45
Make a Victorian Christmas Pudding - organised by the Geffrye Friends
We're thrilled to have food historian Dr Annie Gray (from BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet) talk about the Victorian origins of our modern Christmas. She will then help you create your own classic Victorian Christmas pudding, ready to take home and cook. Each pudding will serve 4-6 people. Please note that we cannot cater for food allergies or preferences: the pudding will contain eggs, gluten, alcohol and vegetarian suet.
24 November, 8 December 2018, 14.00
Make A Winter Wellness Survival Kit
Learn to love the colder months by making your own wellness products to keep you cosy indoors. In this workshop you’ll learn about the restorative and relaxing properties of herbs and essential oils, making your own nature-inspired winter survival kit. This selection of handmade products includes herbal bath-bags, an all-natural sleep pillow and a soothing scented candle, all for you to take home at the end of the session.
27 November 2018, 19.00
Deaf-led BSL Workshop – Print Your Own Wrapping Paper and Christmas Cards
This workshop is led in British Sign Language and is for Deaf and hard of hearing adults. No experience needed, all materials provided.
28 November, 18.30, 8 December 2018, 11.00
Christmas decorations workshop
Create beautiful handmade decorations using brightly coloured origami shapes, seed pods and fir cones, taught by fine artist and florist, Freya Gabie. All materials provided.
29 November, 13 December 2018, 19.00
Make A Christmas Terrarium
Make your own indoor garden in a glass bowl with a special festive twist. A terrarium is a handmade, mini-ecosystem, made with living plants that thrive in contained conditions. They’re a great way to add green into your home and easy to look after. Take this workshop to learn how to make them, which plants to choose and how to maintain them. We’re making ours with a Christmas theme, think cute decorations and festive sparkles, making this the perfect centrepiece for your dining table this season. No experience needed and all materials are provided. Suitable for adults only. Book in advance to secure your place.
6 December, 19.00, 15 December 2018, 14.00
Make A Rainbow Wreath
A fun and colourful take on the traditional Christmas wreath. Our rainbow wreaths are made from carefully arranged baubles giving a unique look, guaranteed to make your door the most stylish in town. Our expert teacher will be on hand to advise, either follow our designs or make up your own style. We’ll have extra glitter and sparkles at the ready to give it the perfect festive finish. No experience needed and all materials are provided. Suitable for adults only. Book in advance to secure your place.
8 December 2018, 11.00
Christmas Makers’ Market
Browse and buy unique hand-made gifts from London makers, and enjoy the twinkle of the Christmas tree with some hot street food in hand and a beer from Hackney Brewery. There will be workshops and activities for families under cover at this family-friendly event in our beautiful front garden.
9 December 2018, 13.00
Christmas Greenery Workshop
Join the Geffrye's Head Gardener for our popular festive greenery workshop. All materials provided.
15 December 2018, 17.00
Festive Film Screening
An intimate festive film screening in the Geffrye's Georgian room. Tickets include a glass of mulled wine and mince pies. One of the greatest romantic comedies, Ernst Lubitsch’s The Shop Around the Corner bursts with witty one-liners and delightful performances from James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan as bickering sales clerks in the run-up to Christmas. Stewart’s Kralik has fallen head-over-heels for his mysterious pen pal, but who will he find waiting under the mistletoe? Sprinkled with nostalgic Christmas cheer as delicate as Lubitsch’s famed touch, The Shop Around the Corner is a dazzling display of the best in classic Hollywood cinema.
16 December 2018, 14.00
BPS Workshop - Make a Tactile Christmas Wreath
A sensory version of the traditional Christmas wreath to invoke the festive season in your home. Our Head Gardener and experienced learning team will use handling and description to guide you through the making process. Mix fresh greenery with sumptuous textiles and festive scents to create a unique handcrafted decoration. This workshop is for blind and partially sighted adults. No experience needed, all materials provided.