Museum of the Home
CLIENT: Museum of the Home
DATE: February 2021
The Museum of the Home, formerly the Geffrye Museum, is a museum in the Geffrye Almshouses on Kingsland Road in Shoreditch, London. It explores home and home life from the 1600's to the present day with a series of period room displays.
The museum is housed in 18th-century Grade I-listed almshouses, formerly belonging to the Ironmongers’ Company. These were built in 1714, several structures connected with the museum are listed on the National Heritage List for England. The main museum building is Grade I listed, the niche in the northwest corner of the forecourt of the museum, and the forecourt walls, gates, and railings are all Grade II* listed.
Quinn London was appointed through a 2 stage tendering process in 2019 to carry out the £12.6m refurbishment of the Museum. The Museum sat on a large footprint that was underutilised, meaning that they had 20,000 home artefacts that they were unable to display.
The key objective for the client was to open up the Museum by providing better circulation space for visitors, additional events space, disabled access to and from the adjacent Hoxton Station, and better storage of the museum’s vast collection of home objects.
Scope of Works
- Creating a fire-safe area to store artefacts during the building works.
- Protect and retain the existing features.
- Installation of a steel frame supporting the new first floor, ensuring full integrity of the existing Grade 1 listed structure.
- Excavate the 100m length of the basement to provide a gallery for the Museum to display its large collection.
- New lift to access the basement.
- Fitting out the remainder of the existing building, with bespoke finishes to compliment the two new pavilions linked to the existing building.
- Extensive Mechanical & Electrical upgrades to bring the Museum into the 21st Century.
Throughout the project, we worked closely with all stakeholders to develop bespoke designs. To Create 80% more space for the Museums collections, exhibitions, and events. Images reference Hufton & Crow Photography