All this after more than 1 year of hard work from local youth groups, students, the Project Steering Group and members of the Geffrye Youth Advisory Panel and Young Consultants as well as Geffrye staff with help from staff from the Ironmongers’ Company, the London Metropolitan Archives, Hackney Archives, Chocolate Films… A huge accomplishment, and well worth a visit, to hear the amazing stories behind the almshouses and museum, and to see and hear young people’s creative responses!
The exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday, located in the front gardens of the museum, and free! You can listen to the podcasts created by students from Hackney UTC and volunteers by dialling 020 8588 1285.
Steering Group member Michael shares his take on the exhibition, timeline and private view:
I helped install the exhibition. I came in in the afternoon and I helped with the photo cubes. The weather was ok at first but then it started to rain and thunder! I felt sad because we had to take a break when I wanted to finish it off, and it meant the panels wouldn’t stick to the sides of the photo cubes – the designers had to come back! I also added all the timeline information into the database – it looks very cool and nice now, and I think a lot of people will like it.
I showed up on time to the private view / opening celebration for the exhibition in my smart clothes, in a new suit! I felt very good to see the finished exhibition; it was just what I expected, even better! I felt like I helped out a lot on it. I liked seeing other people there. I saw one of my old friends from Horizon School, James, and I saw the photos that he made for his project – he was the ghost of Sir Robert Geffrye and Thomas Betton! I really liked Ajiri’s (another Steering Group member) speech, and David, the museum Director, did a good one, too. I felt really happy, the exhibition looks really good, I’ve seen a lot of people looking at it and liking it!