£12.3m National Lottery grant to ‘unlock’ the Geffrye Museum

The Geffrye Museum of the Home’s ambitious expansion plans have taken a major step forward today thanks to a £12.3m*National Lottery grant to support the £18.1m project. The Unlocking the Geffrye development will greatly improve access and enhance the experience of all visitors to the museum’s Grade I listed buildings and gardens in Hoxton, East London.

Sonia Solicari, Director of the Geffrye, said

“This National Lottery grant is a massive boost and endorsement for the project, for which we are hugely grateful. With this crucial funding secure, alongside the £4.3m we have already raised, we can now press ahead with raising the final £1.5m to make our vision a reality. With support from trusts and foundations, donors and our visitors we will make the Geffrye a better, even more inspiring place for all.”

Sir Peter Luff, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said

“This is an imaginative project to improve the Geffrye’s capacity to tell the evolving story of British domestic life over the last three centuries.  The existing site’s combination of historic buildings, collections, period rooms and gardens will be greatly enhanced thanks to major support from the National Lottery. Close to Hoxton Station and with plans for a new café and other improved visitor facilities, the Geffrye is set to become a focal point for heritage and culture in the East End of London.”

Clare Wright of Wright & Wright Architects said

“At a time when local authorities and schools are struggling financially, it is fantastic that the National Lottery has said yes to this project. It will provide facilities for children, isolated groups and the local community. Every extra penny donated will make it even better!”

Unlocking the Geffrye will mean 70 per cent of the museum’s buildings will be open to the public, as opposed to 30 per cent now. New spaces within the existing museum buildings, including a gallery, library, central reception, entrance and cafe, alongside newly built learning and event spaces, will increase the museum’s capacity so it will be able to welcome up to 50% more visitors each year, bring many more collections out of storage and explore the theme of home much more broadly.