The outside of the Museum had a well cared for garden, good for picnics. It was nicely kept as was the beautiful herb garden. As you walk into the herb garden many of the plants were clearly labelled and carried a short description.
As you walk into the building you are immediately greeted by friendly and helpful staff at the Reception.
The Exhibition is housed in a long corridor with different rooms of houses from different eras and different parts of the world. The information displayed was clear, simple and would be easy for children to understand.
Throughout these rooms there were displays for people of all ages to interact with. There is a guessing game for children where children can guess the country of origin which is revealed by removing the flap.
The café was visited and as soon as you walk in there are brownies and other cakes on display. The staff seemed friendly and welcoming although it did seem they were understaffed which made the service slow, but still a nice environment.
The facilities for the men were clean and tidy whereas the women’s facility were not so good.
The stock in the shop catered for all ages.
Leon W.G – 13 Years
Nellie Noodle, one of our Young Heritage Research Team members is through to the 2nd and 3rd rounds of interviews to work at the National Theatre on their Costume Apprenticeship scheme.
Nellie has volunteered and worked on many Unity Arts projects and we wish her all the very best!!
The Restoration Wyfe- A Saucy London Life.
This is an educational community heritage project looking at how women lived in the Restoration period in London. The project aims to bring this period of history alive to people who would not normally have access to heritage projects, or believe they had an interest in history. The main aims of this project are to go out and about researching, learning and gathering information which will be brought back to Hackney to share with the wider community. Unity Arts will offer participants and the wider community access to specialist speakers. This project will culminate in both an exhibition/presentation at The Geffrye Museum, an end of project exhibition in Hackney open to all of the participants and the general public and the creation of a brand new Elizabeth Pepys Tour.
The project will initially research the Restoration period in general and then investigate specific areas. These are as follows:
- There will be a focus on the experiences of three different wives; Catherine of Braganza, Elizabeth Pepys and Margaret Blague. In looking at the lives of these three women will undoubtedly open the focus and encompass the view of their husbands, the mistresses and their world including Civil War, The Plague and The Great Fire of London.
- We will research the physical world of women at this time. We will understand and create a ladies bedchamber, small closet and “close-stool “place.
- We will deliver workshops in creating architectural model boxes aiming to capture interiors of the period. This will be delivered by University Students and a Professional Architect from the Architects’ Association. We already have a great deal of interest in these workshops form potential participants.
- We will recite some excerpts directly from the Diary of Samuel Pepys. This will be performed live using the bedchamber to help place this in a physical historical context.
- We will deliver resource and educational packs for schools, community centres and colleges.
- We will deliver an Elizabeth Pepys tour.
- We will deliver a series of trips to relevant sites of interest (e.g St Olave’s, Hart Street and The National Portrait Gallery) and specialist speakers giving talks related to the period.
- We will deliver a detailed exhibition and presentation of the life and times of women in the mid 1600`s.